THE WORD | Pregnant Chicago woman found dead; baby found alive but in grave condition

A body was discovered just after midnight Tuesday in a trash bin behind a home on the 4100 block of West 77th Place. The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the body on Wednesday as that of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopezi. She was nine months pregnant when she went missing on April 23, and there are now indications that was the day she was killed.

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Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was strangled, authorities said. Police said her baby, who was in grave condition, had been "forcibly removed" from her mother's body. The newborn was found when paramedics responded to a call of a baby in distress April 23, the day Marlen Ochoa-Lopez went missing after arranging to pick up baby clothes from someone she met in a Facebook group, a Chicago fire spokesman said, according to NBC Chicago.

Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was nine months pregnant when she went missing after she was last seen leaving the Latino Youth High School were she was enrolled. She had arranged to pick up baby clothes on the day she disappeared, plans she had made through a Facebook group called "Help A Sista Out."

Ochoa was supposed to pick up her 3-year-old son from day care later that afternoon, but she never showed up, her family said. Four people remain in custody in connection to the murder.

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