Hospital Failed To Act In Case Of Murdered Pregnant Teen Who Had Baby Cut From Womb
Staff at a Chicago-area hospital are under fire for not alerting police after determining that a the woman who arrived with a sick newborn had not just given birth to the boy.
As we reported, the woman identified as Clarisa Figueroa, was charged over three weeks later for the murder of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, after the police discovered her mutilated body outside Figueoa’s home.
She cut the baby out of her mother’s womb on April 23 before calling 911 claiming she had just given birth. She was then taken to the Advocate Christ Medical Centre in suburban Oak Lawn. In the mean time, Ochoa-Lopez’s family spent countless weeks desperately searching for her with no knowledge of her fate.
When Clarisa arrive to the hospital she was covered in blood and showed no signs of giving birth after she was examined. However, the staff still failed to notify police.
Advocate Christ Medical Centre declined to say whether or when it contacted the police, citing state and federal regulations.
DNA tests later determined that the baby belonged to Ochoa-Lopez’s husband. As of Saturday, he is stil in intensive care and on life support.