Missing Woman Marlen Ochoa’s Family Says Newborn Baby Brought To Hospital Is Hers – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) — The family of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa believes a baby in critical condition at a local hospital is the missing teen’s son. She was nine months pregnant when she vanished last month.

Meantime, detectives are questioning several people in custody in connection with Ochoa’s disappearance, after picking them up from a home Tuesday in the 4100 block of 77th Place. Ochoa has been missing since April 23, and her due date was May 5.

Family spokeswoman Cecilia Garcia said Ochoa went to a home in the Scottsdale neighborhood three weeks ago hoping to pick up some items for her baby, but never returned.

Garcia said the family believes Ochoa was lured to the house under false pretenses by a woman she had met through a Facebook group called “Help A Sister Out.” The woman apparently offering to give away extra baby clothes and a stroller that had been given to her daughter.

“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 were the false pretenses that I believe led her to that house,” Garcia said.

On Tuesday, two women and two men who live on that block were taken into custody, and police confirmed detectives were questioning those people in connection with Ochoa’s disappearance.

Garcia said the same day Ochoa went missing, someone called 911 to report a 46-year-old woman had given birth.

A Fire Department spokesperson confirmed a baby in distress was taken to the hospital around 6:10 p.m. on April 23.

That baby is now at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and Garcia said police confirmed DNA tests that confirmed Tuesday the baby is Ochoa’s.

“It just seems surreal. You see this stuff on the movies. You never get to know someone, people actually are this evil,” Garcia said. “Obviously, that lady is not right in her head. So it’s just really bizarre.”

Garcia said the family has named the baby Yadiel Yovani Lopez.

Ochoa is still missing, and Garcia said the baby is in critical condition.

“Our faith moves us. We are hopeful, but we are prepared for the worst,” Garcia said. “From what grandma was telling me, baby is beautiful, but the baby is in critical condition. We’re praying. She’s like, ‘I believe in miracles. I don’t believe what the doctors tell me.’”

Police have remained tight-lipped about the case. No charges have been announced in the case.

Neighbors have said they noticed Ochoa’s car before it was found, but didn’t realize it was hers. They said they noticed around the time she went missing, and it kept moving from place to place.

“So they saw somebody from this house fixing the tire and then taking the car to the other side of the street,” said neighbor Tina Lara.

Ochoa was last seen leaving Latino Youth High School in Pilsen.

Her family said there have been possible sightings at the Walgreens at 55th and Kedzie. There are also reports she was seen at a Mexican restaurant just blocks away, but nothing is confirmed.

“We are desperate and can’t continue like this,” said Marlen’s husband, Yovani Lopez.

The expecting mother’s Honda Civic is also missing. Her phone is turned off.

“Please take this case seriously. Do not take this case as if it’s nothing,” Lopez said. “We’re talking about it. We’re talking about a woman who is carrying a child, and she’s nine months pregnant.”

Lopez spoke Tuesday as he held their 3-year-old son. Their relationship is described as turbulent at times.

“He’s desperate and waiting for her to come home with his arms open for her,” Lopez said of their son.

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