A pregnant woman in Chicago was lured to a house on the pretext of picking up some free baby clothes, where she was then murdered and her baby cut out of her stomach, police have said.
Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui, 19, who was married and had a three-year-old son, was found on Wednesday morning outside the back of the house in south west Chicago where the alleged murder happened.
“She was giving clothes away, supposedly under the pretence that her daughters had been given clothes and they had all these extra boy clothes,” Cecelia Garcia, a spokeswoman for the victims family, said, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt told that newspaper that paramedics were called to the home for reports of a newborn with problems breathing, on the same day the woman went missing.
“We believe that she was murdered and we believe that the baby was forcibly removed following the murder,” Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago police spokesman, said.
No charges have been filed yet, but Mr Guglielmi said the individuals taken into custody from the home are being interviewed.
“We believe all of them played some role in this unspeakable act of violence,” he said.
Mr Guglielmi says the child is in a “grave” condition.