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May 15, 2019, 11:05 UTC
At Doha Madani
A baby has been identified as a child by a missing 19-year-old Chicago woman who was pregnant when she left in late April and is believed to have given birth to her disappearance. She went away after arranging to pick up children's clothes from someone in a Facebook group.
The newborn was found when paramedics responded to a call from a baby in need on April 23, the same day Marlen Ochoa went away, according to NBC Chicago.
A family spokeswoman told reporters Wednesday that DNA was used to confirm that the baby was Ochoa.
"It is a blessing that we found Yadiel, the child, that is the name of the child that Marlen had chosen," said Cecilia Garcia, according to NBC Chicago.
She added that the family was hopeful, but also preparation for the worst, because Ochoa is still missing.
Ochoa was nine months pregnant when she passed away and appeared to enter the labor force after she last saw Latino Youth High School, where she had taken lessons.
Garcia said Ochoa had arranged to pick up baby clothes on the day of her disappearance plans made by a Facebook group called "Help a Last Out." But her family said she never showed up, NBC Chicago reported.
The Chicago police told NBC News in a statement Wednesday that it conducted interviews of individuals linked to missing people but could not comment further.
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 not yet been identified.