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CHICAGO — Police and Illinois’ little one welfare company say workers at a Chicago-area hospital didn’t alert them after figuring out bloodied girl who arrived with a gravely ailing new child had not simply given beginning to the infant boy, as she claimed.
Clarisa Figueroa is charged with killing 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. Chicago police allege she lower Ochoa-Lopez’s child out of her womb on April 23, then referred to as 911 to report she had given beginning to a child who wasn’t respiratory. Paramedics took Figueroa and the infant to Advocate Christ Medical Middle in suburban Oak Garden. The newborn remained hospitalized on life help on Saturday, in keeping with authorities.
Prosecutors say that when Figueroa was introduced with the infant to the hospital, she had blood on her higher physique and her face, which a hospital worker cleaned off. In addition they say Figueroa, 46, was examined on the hospital and confirmed no bodily indicators of childbirth.
Advocate Christ Medical Middle has declined to say whether or not or when it contacted authorities, citing state and federal laws. Oak Garden police stated they weren’t contacted about Figueroa by the medical centre or some other company.
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Illinois Division of Kids and Household Companies spokesman Jassen Strokosch stated Saturday the company was alerted Could 9 that there have been questions on who had custody of the kid to be able to make medical choices. He stated he couldn’t speculate about why the company wasn’t contacted sooner.
“We don’t know what was occurring on the hospital,” he stated.
Strokosch stated the Division of Kids and Household Companies was alerted by somebody required by regulation to contact the division about suspected abuse or neglect, however he couldn’t say who contacted the company.
Nonetheless, that was after Chicago police had related Figueroa and her daughter to Ochoa-Lopez’s disappearance.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson stated police discovered Ochoa-Lopez was lacking when her husband reported it on April 24. On Could 7, Chicago police discovered from one in every of Ochoa-Lopez’s pals that she had been speaking through a non-public Fb group with Figueroa about shopping for clothes. Police then went to Figueroa’s house, the place her 24-year-old daughter finally instructed them her mom had just lately had a child.
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“There was nothing to level us in that path at first,” Johnson instructed reporters on Thursday, after police had arrested Figueroa and her daughter on homicide prices.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi stated Saturday authorities needed to subpoena medical information from the hospital for Figueroa and the kid. He stated police didn’t be taught that Figueroa confirmed no indicators of childbirth till “a pair weeks” after she was examined.
Each Johnson and Guglielmi referred questions on hospital protocol and insurance policies to the medical centre. A spokesman stated in an emailed assertion: “We have now been co-operating with authorities and as that is an ongoing police matter, we’re referring all inquiries to native regulation enforcement.”
DNA testing decided Figueroa was not the infant’s mom and that Ochoa-Lopez’s husband was his father. Strokosch stated his division let protecting custody of the kid lapse on Could 13 as a result of his father had been recognized.