Homicide Involved Fetal Abduction
Marlen Ochoa was strangled and her baby cut out of her womb after she was lured to a home on the north side of 77th Place at Karlov Avenue under the pretense that she was picking up clothes for her unborn child (CBS Charlie De Mar reports).
Human remains found in the home in the block of 4100 West 77th Place in Chicago were identified Wednesday May 15, 2019 as missing pregnant 19-year-old woman Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui, who had missing since April 23, 2019. Her remains were found in a garbage can just after midnight on Wednesday.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the remains of Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui, who was nine months pregnant when she was reported missing in April. Ochoa-Marlen Uriostegui was married and had a 3-year-old son.
The cause of her death was determined to be ligature strangulation, and her death was ruled a homicide. Her baby was also cut from her body, apparently in the basement of a house on the southwest side of Chicago — in the Scottsdale/Ashburn neighborhood and just southeast of Ford City Mall.
Chicago Police on Tuesday had been questioning four “would be” suspects while investigating Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui’s disappearance. The four were taken into custody at the home on West 77th Place and were transported away by police, while a crime scene was established at the home with a protective blue tent set up in the backyard.
News crews observed detectives taking bags of evidence away from the home Wednesday. A source claimed that investigators discovered a hidden room in the basement, which is where police suspect Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui teen may have been killed and where her baby was removed from her body.
Fetal Abduction is an unlawful, non-medical cesarian section in order to commit a newborn kidnapping. In a study in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, behavioral profiles of the abductors included a confidence style approach to the victim mother, deception, and planning of the cesarean section. The forensic psychodynamics suggest a dual motive to cement a failing partner relationship and to fulfill a childbearing and delivery fantasy. Cesarean section murder suggests a new category of personal cause homicide.
Ochoa-Uriostegui’s family said DNA testing by police confirmed the baby was hers; however, Chicago police and prosecutors have not initially confirmed the match of DNA.
The family said they named the baby boy Yadiel, and that the baby is brain dead and on life support. The family said they are praying for a miracle.
Ochoa-Uriostegui left charter school Latino Youth High School, 2001 South California Avenue (almost 9 miles north of the crime scene) and was reported missing on Tuesday April 23, 2019 after being lured via a Facebook group named “Help a Sister Out” and after she apparently arrived at the home expecting to exchange items. A 46-year-old woman claimed to have a stroller and other baby items.
”She was giving clothes away, supposedly under the pretenses that her daughters had been given clothes and they had all these extra boy clothes, and that’s where the false pretenses that I believe led her [Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui] to that house.“
— Cecelia Garcia, a spokeswoman for Ochoa-Uriostegui’s family
Also on Tuesday April 23, 2019, neighbors, who weren’t aware of a pregnancy, said the 46-year-old woman ran out of her home claiming that she had just given birth to a baby boy and that he wasn’t breathing.
Chicago Fire Department paramedics were dispatched to the scene about 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday April 23, 2019, and the baby was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center. The baby boy is hospitalized at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
The Facebook group Ochoa-Uriostegui used was shut down, but it was not initially revealed whether the 46-year-old woman was an actual administrator of the Facebook group, or only a member.
Chicago police revealed that they found a black Honda Civic matching the description of Ochoa-Uriostegui’s car in the block of 7700 South Keeler Avenue on May 8, 2019. The location of the car was about a block west of the 77th Place and Karlove Avenue crime scene, where 77th Place becomes Keeler Avenue when the street turns south.
Charges were not announced as of Wednesday night.
According to an article by Joanne Walter published in The Guardian The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington D.C. monitors infant abductions and has recorded 18 cases (6%) of fetal abductions among 302 cases of infant abductions in the United States from 1983 through 2015.
The family of a missing 19-year-old woman from the Pilsen neighborhood said a baby that was hospitalized in critical condition belongs to the 19-year-old.
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CRIME SCENE AT HOUSE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF 77TH PLACE AT KARLOV AVENUE JUST WEST OF SIDEWALK BETWEEN RESIDENTIAL LOTS
See also …
Burgess AW1, Baker T, Nahirny C, Rabun JB Jr. Newborn kidnapping by cesarean section. J Forensic Sci. 2002 Jul;47(4):827-30.
Walters, Joanna. “Fetal abduction: brutal attacks against expectant mothers on the rise in US”. Guardian. (December 2, 2015).