Chicago Police said Wednesday they recovered the body of a pregnant 19-year-old woman whose nearly full-term baby was cut out of her.
Marlen Ochoa-Lopez disappeared on the same day that a woman made a 911 call in April about a newborn baby having trouble breathing, Chicago police said.
The baby was taken to the hospital along with a woman who claimed to be the mother.
“It’s to my knowledge that she is not the mother and that’s all I have for you,” he said.
“We believe that she was murdered, and we believe that the baby was forcibly removed following that murder,” said Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department.
Detectives have detained four people for questioning, he said. Authorities declined to confirm any other details, citing an open investigation.
It all began after Marlen took to a Facebook page called Help A Sister Out to ask for help because she couldn’t afford things for her baby.
She wrote at the time: “Hello ladies, I’m due May 10 and I still need a ton of things for my son,”she wrote on March 5. Due to the fact that I’m in school and can’t work at the moment, I can’t afford to buy the rest of the things since I’m short on cash right now.”
A woman reached out, offering baby things and she went to the woman’s home to collect the things. She never returned.
The crime was discovered after a woman claimed that she had just given birth on the same day that Marlen went missing. Paramedics went to the home where the woman claimed she had given birth and they found the boy. However, DNA tests showed that the baby belonged to Marlen. The baby boy is currently in critical condition at the hospital.
Marlen’s body was recovered on Tuesday in a dustbin in the backyard where the woman who offered her free baby things lives. She had been strangled with a cable and her child had been cut out from her body.
Investigators also found bleach and cleaning agents in the house, along with burned clothes and blood on the floors of the living room, bathroom and hallway.
So far, three people have been charged in relation to the crime. Mother and daughter, Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and Desiree Figueroa, 24, have been charged. Piotr Bobak, 40, the mother’s boyfriend has also been charged with the concealment of a murder.
Clarisa had gone on Facebook to share a Gofundme plea asking for donations for the baby. In the Gofundme she created, she claimed the baby was hers. She also had a nursery in her home ready for the child, meaning she had planned this for a long time. Also pointing to the fact that this was premeditated was that her boyfriend had also posted a fake ultra sound picture on his social media.
Marlen’s husband, Yovani Lopez appeared tearful as he spoke to reporters about his wife’s death saying: “They can’t compare to the pain we’re suffering. They don’t know that pain we’re going through. They don’t know anything about it.
“It’s very painful. Very painful to see your wife with whom you lived with four years and then see her with her eyes closed.
“I just don’t know… I don’t know. I don’t know why these horrible people did this. She didn’t do anything to them she was a good person.
“Knowing that she had a family, a three-year-old son, I can’t believe it. This is very hard.”