A 19-year old woman went missing on April 23rd after leaving Latino Youth High School in Pilsen, Illinois. Her family said she went to the home of a 46-year-old woman to pick up baby items arranged through a Facebook group called “Help a Sister Out.”
Cecelia Garcia, a spokeswoman for the victim’s family, said, “She was giving clothes away, supposedly under the pretenses that her daughters had been given clothes and they had all these extra boy clothes. That’s the false pretenses that we believe led her to that house.”
Hours later, neighbors said the 46-year-old woman came running out of the home claiming that she had just given birth to a baby boy and that he wasn’t breathing. However, the victim Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui never re-emerged from the house.
Once authorities arrived, the baby was transported to Christ Hospital and has since been described as brain dead and on life support. Police then found remains in a trash can in the woman’s home, which were later identified as Ocho-Uriostegui. Her cause of death was determined to be ligature strangulation, ruled a homicide.
According to WGN-TV, police were questioning four people in the teen’s disappearance: the 46-year-old, her boyfriend, her adult daughter, and another man associated with the group. They were all taken into custody from the home on West 77th Place.
Detectives were seen removing bags of evidence from the house, and a source said investigators discovered a hidden room in the basement, where they believe the victim was killed and the baby removed from her womb. Ochoa-Uriostegui’s family said DNA testing by law enforcement confirmed the baby was hers and did not belong to the woman from the Facebook group. The family named him Yadiel, and they are praying for a miracle in his recovery.
The Facebook group Ochoa-Uriostegui used to contact her murderer has reportedly been shut down. Ochoa-Uriostegui was married and had a 3-year-old son.