A pregnant Chicago teenager has been allegedly murdered by three strangers, who cut her baby out of her womb.
Nineteen-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui's body was found inside a trash can behind a Chicago home on Wednesday. Investigators say she died of strangulation, the Daily Mail reports.
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She was last seen alive on April 23.
Ochoa-Uriostegui was heavily pregnant when she went over to a strangers' house, reportedly to pick up some baby clothes offered to her for free.
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said three people were involved.
"We believe all of them played some role in this unspeakable act of violence," he said.
"We believe that she was murdered and we believe that the baby was forcibly removed following that murder."
All three were arrested but charges have not yet been filed.
A woman allegedly involved in the killing is believed to have passed the infant off as her own.
She called an ambulance and claimed to have given birth to the baby boy in her home but he wasn't breathing.
The baby is now on life support in hospital and may not survive, while the woman's neighbours try to understand how she allegedly undertook such a gruesome crime.
"Before she left in an ambulance, she told me several times, 'Please call up someone to come and lock the house," a neighbour told the Chicago Sun Times.
The deception was uncovered when an anonymous tip-off suggested police check the DNA of the baby, after a GoFundMe was started to raise money for healthcare and a funeral.
Ochoa-Uriostegui's husband is also trying to come to terms with the news. He met his baby son on Tuesday and named him Yadiel.
"We're gonna have justice with those responsible," he told Fox News 32.
"We're gonna go hard after them. We won't let it go. They don't know the pain they've caused. They don't know."