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Chicago Police: Pregnant woman killed; baby cut from womb still alive

CHICAGO (AP) — A missing pregnant woman whose body was found behind a home on Chicago's Southwest Side had been strangled, and her baby who was cut from the womb after her death remains hospitalized in "grave condition," police said.

The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the victim on Wednesday as 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui and determined she died of ligature strangulation. Ochoa-Uriostegui was nine months pregnant when she disappeared April 23 after leaving her high school.

"We believe that she was murdered and we believe that the baby was forcibly removed following that murder," said Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

Ochoa-Uriostegui's body was discovered after several people were taken into custody at the home, according to authorities. No charges against those in custody have been announced.

Her family said they believe she went to the home after a woman on Facebook said she had a stroller and baby clothes, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"She was giving clothes away, supposedly under the pretense that her daughters had been given clothes and they had all these extra boy clothes," said Cecelia Garcia, a spokeswoman for Ochoa-Uriostegui's family.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt told the Chicago Tribune paramedics were called to the home for a newborn with problems breathing on the same day the woman disappeared.

Guglielmi said investigators are interviewing the people taken from the home about the slaying of Ochoa-Uriostegui.

"We believe all of them played some role in this unspeakable act of violence," he said.

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5 comments

    • AbortionsArentYourChoice-It'sTheir's.

      Well no duh. The mother died in this case.
      Also please explain why someone having an abortion affects you in any way shape or form and why we as a society should care about it at all. No one cares when people have abortions because it’s none of their business and doesn’t change their lives at all. That’s why it isn’t on the news.

      • Matthew Zalar

        It’s too bad that your mother didn’t abort you. Maybe you should abort yourself now. You being aborted would be a cleansing of filth from the human race. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood would advise your mother to rip you out of her womb with a coat hanger.

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