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By Doha Madani
A baby has been identified as the child of a missing 19-year-old Chicago woman, who was pregnant when she went missing in late April and is presumed to have given birth after her disappearance. She went missing after arranging to pick up baby clothes from someone in a Facebook group.
The newborn was found when paramedics responded to a call of a baby in distress on April 23, the same day Marlen Ochoa went missing,according to NBC Chicago.
A family spokeswoman told reporters Wednesday that DNA was used to confirm the child was Ochoa’s.
“It’s a blessing that we found Yadiel, the baby, that’s the name of the baby that Marlen had chosen,” Cecilia Garcia said, according to NBC Chicago.
She added that the family was hopeful, but also preparing for the worst, as Ochoa is still missing.
Ochoa was nine months pregnant when she went missing and seemingly went into labor after she was last seen leaving the Latino Youth High School, where she had been taking classes.
Garcia said Ochoa had arranged to pick up baby clothes on the day of her disappearance, plans made through a Facebook group called “Help A Sista Out.”
Ochoa was supposed to pick up her 3-year-old son from daycare later that afternoon, but her family said she never showed up, NBC Chicago reported.
Chicago police told NBC News in a statement Wednesday that it was conducting interviews of individuals connected to the missing persons case but could not give further comment.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s officer confirmed to NBC News that a body was found near where the baby was found by paramedics, but that body has yet to be identified.
Doha Madani is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.
Melanie Kucera contributed.