Hospital cleared in handling of newborn cut from mom’s womb

OAK LAWN, Ill. (AP) — Officials have cleared a suburban Chicago hospital for its handling of a baby who was cut from his mother’s womb and later died.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the federal Department of Health and Human Services told the hospital last week that Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn “was found in compliance” with Medicare requirements following an investigation launched by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Police say Clarisa Figueroa and her adult daughter killed 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and cut the baby from her womb after luring her to their home on April 23.

Authorities say Figueroa claimed at the hospital that day that she had given birth to the baby. But a Department of Child and Family Services spokesman says that despite Figueroa showing “no signs consistent with a woman who had just delivered a baby,” a “mandated reporter” didn’t notify DCFS about the newborn until May 9.

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Figueroa and her daughter are charged with murder. The baby died Friday.

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