Family of Missing Pregnant Woman Believes Abandoned Baby May Be Hers

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2019-05-08 12:05:53

The family of a missing pregnant woman said Wednesday that they believe a baby found abandoned on top of a trash can in Chicago the day before may be related to her, calling for a “speedy and thorough” investigation.

Relatives of Marlen Lopez were expected to speak at a news conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday at a church on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

Lopez, 19, was last seen leaving the Latino Youth High School in the Little Village neighborhood, where she had been taking classes, on April 23.

She was supposed to pick up her 3-year-old son from daycare that afternoon but her family said she never showed up. Lopez was nine months pregnant with her second child when she was reported missing.

Baby Found on Top of Trash Can

[CHI] Baby Found on Top of Trash Can

Chicago police issued a high-risk missing persons alert for Lopez on April 27. A CPD spokesman said Wednesday that officers could not confirm the baby found the day before was related to her.

“We will need DNA and we have asked for it,” Anthony Guglielmi said in an emailed statement.

Authorities said a passerby noticed the newborn baby boy on top of a trash can Tuesday afternoon in the 1700 block of North Keystone Avenue in the city’s Hermosa neighborhood.

Baby Found in Dumpster After Pedestrian Hears Crying: CFD

[CHI] Baby Found in Dumpster After Pedestrian Hears Crying: CFD

The good Samaritan brought the baby to a firehouse, according to Chicago police, who said paramedics then took the baby to Norwegian American Hospital in critical condition just after 4 p.m.

The baby was “crying and kicking,” a fire department spokesman said, and his condition was upgraded to stable before he was then transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital.

The newborn was the first baby to be illegally abandoned in Illinois this year, according to Dawn Geras, who lobbied to pass Illinois’ “Safe Haven” law.

Under the law, infants 30 days or younger may be dropped off with no questions asked at a hospital, fire or police station, according to the state’s Department of Child and Family Services.

Lopez’s family said in a statement before their scheduled news conference that communications with police to date “have been a challenge” and that they planned to call on authorities to perform a DNA test on the newborn to identify whether or not Lopez is the mother.

Lopez was described as an Hispanic woman, standing at 5’3″ and weighing around 125 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes, as well as a distinctive nose ring, according to the alert issued by police.

She was last seen wearing a gray sweater and sweatpants with a maroon top bearing the Latino Youth High School logo, officials said. Lopez may be driving a black Honda Civic, license plate number AW27865, according to police.

Anyone with information on Lopez or her whereabouts was asked to call 911 or CPD’s Special Victim’s Unit at (312) 747-8274.

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