A baby born on the same day a 19-year-old pregnant woman vanished in Chicago belongs to the missing mom, her family claims.
According to Fox 10 News, the family of Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui said that an infant with a brain injury was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center on the same day the 19-year-old was last seen, and that DNA tests have shown the baby is Ochoa-Uriostegui’s.
The family said in a statement given to the news station that “the baby has been determined to be without any brain function and will be taken off of life support.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Ochoa-Uriostegui, a married mother of one, went missing on April 23 when she was eight months pregnant. She was last seen at Latin Youth Alternative High School, where she is a student, and was thought to be on her way to pick up her young son from day care, but did not make it there.
Ochoa-Uriostegui is one of three women who have gone missing in the area in the last several months; another of the women was also pregnant at the time of her disappearance and is now past her due date.
Fox 32 News reports that Ochoa-Uriostegui’s family says the young woman had met a woman on an online swap for pregnant mothers, and had made arrangements with one of them to swap out a single stroller for a double stroller. It is unclear exactly when she arranged this meeting, but Fox 32 News obtained messages between the missing woman and a woman she is believed to have met on the website.
A Fox 32 News reporter said on Twitter that on the day Ochoa-Uriostegui went missing, a 46-year-old woman called 911 to say that she had given birth, reportedly to the same infant who is now on life support at the Advocate Christ Medical Center. The family reportedly said that the woman was not pregnant, and claims she set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money, which GoFundMe has reportedly removed.
Here’s the back of the home where the 46yo woman called 911 saying she’d given birth the same day Marlen went missing. The family of #MarlenOchoa says that boy’s DNA matches hers. There’s a burn spot and a shovel behind this home here in the 4100 block of W. 77th Pl. @fox32news pic.twitter.com/2UoCrjM7En
— Tia A. Ewing (@TIA_EWING) May 15, 2019
The Chicago Tribune reports that police have questioned four people in connection to Ochoa-Uriostegui’s disappearance. It is not confirmed if the woman who claimed to give birth is one of those people. According to the report, Ochoa-Uriostegui’s car was found abandoned on May 8 on the 7700 block of South Keeler Avenue in Chicago, which is reportedly near the home of the people being questioned.
Police have not identified any of the persons of interest and have released few details about the investigation at this time.
“This remains an active and ongoing missing persons investigation,” A Chicago police spokesperson said in a statement to the Chicago Tribune Wednesday morning. “At this time, police are conducting interviews of individuals in regard to this missing person investigation.”