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Woman Who Brutally Murdered A Pregnant Teen To Steal Her Baby Took Photos With Boy At The Hospital

The story surrounding the murder of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez continues to be one of heartbreak, confusion, and madness.

At the core of this tragic ordeal that took place in Chicago was simply a teen mom looking for some help on Facebook. Last month, Ochoa-Lopez, already a mom to a toddler, sought to get used baby clothes and items via a Facebook group called “Help A Sister Out.” One woman did respond to Ochoa-Lopez’s request. Clarisa Figueroa, a 46-year-old woman, said she had all the goods at her house and told her to come to pick it up. When Ochoa-Lopez arrived, eight months pregnant, Figueroa ended up killing her, tossing her body in the trash, and took the baby out of the mother’s womb and claimed it as her own.

A new image has surfaced that showed the killer posing next to the baby in the hospital.

The images, obtained by CBS News but were taken down as requested by the family, shows Figueroa at the Advocate Christ Medical Center, where the baby was taken after she called the police. Mitú has chosen to not post the photos in this article out of respect for the family.

Figueroa told officials that she had given birth at home and that baby wasn’t breathing. What they didn’t know then is that Ochoa-Lopez’s body was in the trash and had just been killed.

The killer’s twin daughters say they had no idea their mom had taken this baby, and also gave details about how the hospital was accommodating towards her.

“They should have checked my mom. They should have made sure that the baby was hers. If they knew her tubes were tied, why didn’t you double check? Why didn’t you check that that was her baby,” one of the sisters said.

They went to visit their mom in the hospital a couple of days after she had arrived.

“I seen the baby, and I touch the baby, and I didn’t think of anything about it wasn’t my brother because my mom said it was my brother,” one sister said, according to CBS News.

The daughters also called their mom and step sister “monsters.”

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A timeline provided by CBS Chicago local news shows that Figueroa’s 20-year-old son died in September 2018. Later that year, Figueroa said she was pregnant, and showed an ultra sound picture on her Facebook page. None of that was true. In April, Figueroa began corresponding with Ochoa-Lopez on Facebook.

CNN reports that police are investigating why Advocate Christ Medical Center didn’t contact children’s services if they had suspicions about Figueroa.

“Our top priority is to provide the safest and highest quality care for the patients and communities we serve. Out of respect for patient privacy and in compliance with federal and state regulations, we are unable to provide comment. We continue to cooperate with local authorities,” medical center spokesman Adam Mesirow said, according to CNN.

This School Is Fighting Back Against Prejudice And Using Its Uniforms To Empower Indigenous Students

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This School Is Fighting Back Against Prejudice And Using Its Uniforms To Empower Indigenous Students

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In an effort to preserve Mayan heritage and help Maya students embrace their identity, a school principal in Mexico has instituted a unique dress code for students to instill pride in their traditions.

Students at the Ignacio Allende primary school in the Yucatán now have the chance to channel their identity at school.

As part of a program instituted by the school principal, each and every Monday the students get to come to class in traditional dress.

The formal skirts, pants and dress shirts give way to white guayabera shirts and pants for boys and the colorful and skillfully embroidered huipiles for the girls.

All too often Indigenous communities are made to be invisible.

The government is not interested in empowering native peoples, said May in an interview with the newspaper El Universal.

She went on to say “This is about maintaining and strengthening the indigenous identity in new generations, and having them wear the clothes that identify Yucatán and Maya culture is a way to do it.”

The move made both the students and their parents happy and was important because Mayan language speakers face discrimination in Yucatán.

In fact, the principal has required each of her nine teachers at the school to take a Mayan language course, so they can better teach their students.

Indigenous students have also benefited from a program that brings Maya-speaking science, research and literature professionals to share their experiences.

The decision has been met with overwhelming joy on social media.

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The fact that these children are being supported and encouraged to explore their Native identities is absolutely worth stanning for.

When the news first broke, people were calling it the best news of the year!

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The program is still a success and if you ask me may still be in the running for best news of the year.

As Latinos, we take pride in our identity but even from within our own communities we can be told to ignore our Indigenous roots.

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Translation: Truly commendable! It is not about integrating Indigenous peoples but respecting them along with their own ways and customs.

Given the xenophobia all around the world, it’s so empowering to see children being supported and encouraged to explore their own Native identities.

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