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A 76-year-old man has been convicted in the 1992 strangulation death of an Illinois teenager.

Robert Serritella, of Park Ridge, was found guilty Thursday on two counts of first degree murder in the killing of 15-year-old David Chereck, of Skokie.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 19.

The teen was found strangled with a scarf in a forest preserve Jan. 2, 1992. He had last been seen a day earlier, walking home from a bowling alley in Skokie.

Authorities say Serritella, a convicted sex offender, later incriminated himself in conversations with people in California and Utah. He was arrested in California in 2014 and charged in the killing.

Chereck’s mother, Esther, says she is relieved and feels her son got justice.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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U.S. immigration officials have told a pregnant Mexican woman who had taken sanctuary inside a Chicago church that she can stay in the United States until after the baby is born.

Adilene Marquina had been told by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that she could be deported this week. But the Chicago Tribune says she was told on Thursday she will not have to leave immediately and should report to ICE on Oct. 23.

Marquina is staying in the Faith, Life and Hope Mission. ICE has a policy against making arrests in places of worship.

She fled to the U.S. in 2015 seeking political asylum. She waited four years for an immigration judge to deny her claim. She has two American sons ages 16 and 3 and a 14-year-old son.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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Federal prosecutors are seeking a 40-year prison sentence for man found guilty of sex-trafficking a Chicago teenager who was murdered.

Joseph Hazley was found guilty in March of sex-trafficking 16-year-old Desiree Robinson and two other victims. Robinson was allegedly killed in December 2016 by a man who answered an online sex advertisement.

The 35-year-old Hazley, who awaits sentencing June 12, was the second person convicted in connection with Robinson’s case. Charles McFee pleaded guilty last year to sex-trafficking conspiracy.

Although Hazley was not charged directly in Robinson’s death , prosecutors contend the case is a stark reminder of the “constant state of danger” faced by sex trafficking victims. In his filing, defense attorney Raymond Wigell wrote Hazley has mourned woman’s death.

Antonio Rosales is awaiting trial on first-degree murder and aggravated sexual abuse charges in Robinson’s death.

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Federal prosecutors are seeking a 40-year prison sentence for man found guilty of sex-trafficking a Chicago teenager who was murdered.

Joseph Hazley was found guilty in March of sex-trafficking 16-year-old Desiree Robinson and two other victims. Robinson was allegedly killed in December 2016 by a man who answered an online sex advertisement.

The 35-year-old Hazley, who awaits sentencing June 12, was the second person convicted in connection with Robinson’s case. Charles McFee pleaded guilty last year to sex-trafficking conspiracy.

Although Hazley was not charged directly in Robinson’s death , prosecutors contend the case is a stark reminder of the “constant state of danger” faced by sex trafficking victims. In his filing, defense attorney Raymond Wigell wrote Hazley has mourned woman’s death.

Antonio Rosales is awaiting trial on first-degree murder and aggravated sexual abuse charges in Robinson’s death.

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The Latest on the strangling death of a pregnant woman whose baby was cut from her womb (all times local):

4:00 p.m.

The agency that licenses and inspects health care facilities in Illinois has started an investigation of a hospital where doctors treated a baby brought in by a woman claiming to be his mother. But the woman was later charged with killing the actual mother and cutting the child from her womb.

Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold would not provide any details on Tuesday about the investigation of Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, saying she was prohibited from doing so while the investigation is ongoing.

Arnold’s comments mark the first time a state agency has confirmed that it is investigating the hospital where doctors treated the baby that Clarisa Figueroa brought in on April 23 because it was not breathing. The investigation comes after Chicago Police and the state’s Department of Children and Family Services said that staff at the hospital did not alert them for several days after determining that Figueroa was not actually the baby’s mother.

Meanwhile, the Cook County Sheriff’s Department has asked the state’s Department of Children and Family Services to determine if the hospital’s failure to immediately alert authorities after determining Figueroa was not the mother was a violation of the state’s Abuse and Neglected and Reporting Act. The sheriff’s department says if DCFS determines there was a violation that it would conduct its own investigation. The hospital has declined to say when or if it notified law enforcement.

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12:24 p.m.

The family of the baby cut from his mother’s womb after she was strangled is asking the suburban Chicago hospital why authorities weren’t immediately notified when staffers realized another woman claiming to be the mother was lying.

Family spokeswoman Cecilia Garcia says a member of a church group representing the family asked Advocate Christ Medical Center at a meeting Monday for copies of protocols it follows after receiving a baby who was born at home. Prosecutors say Clarisa Figueroa claimed she had given birth to the baby when she brought him to the hospital on April 23.

Garcia says the hospital hasn’t provided that information and a second meeting hasn’t been scheduled.

Figueroa is charged with murder in the April 23 slaying of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez in Chicago. Police and the state’s child welfare agency say the hospital didn’t immediately alert them after determining Figueroa wasn’t the mother.

The hospital has declined to say when or if it contacted authorities.

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The family of the baby cut from his mother’s womb after she was strangled is asking the suburban Chicago hospital why authorities weren’t immediately notified when staffers realized another woman claiming to be the mother was lying.

Family spokeswoman Cecilia Garcia says a member of a church group representing the family asked Advocate Christ Medical Center at a meeting Monday for copies of protocols it follows after receiving a baby who was born at home. Prosecutors say Clarisa Figueroa claimed she had given birth to the baby when she brought him to the hospital on April 23.

Garcia says the hospital hasn’t provided that information and a second meeting hasn’t been scheduled.

Figueroa is charged with murder in the April 23 slaying of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez in Chicago. Police and the state’s child welfare agency say the hospital didn’t immediately alert them after determining Figueroa wasn’t the mother.

The hospital has declined to say when or if it contacted authorities.

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The family of the baby cut from his mother’s womb after she was strangled is asking the suburban Chicago hospital why authorities weren’t immediately notified when staffers realized another woman claiming to be the mother was lying.

Family spokeswoman Cecilia Garcia says a member of a church group representing the family asked Advocate Christ Medical Center at a meeting Monday for copies of protocols it follows after receiving a baby who was born at home. Prosecutors say Clarisa Figueroa claimed she had given birth to the baby when she brought him to the hospital on April 23.

Garcia says the hospital hasn’t provided that information and a second meeting hasn’t been scheduled.

Figueroa is charged with murder in the April 23 slaying of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez in Chicago. Police and the state’s child welfare agency say the hospital didn’t immediately alert them after determining Figueroa wasn’t the mother.

The hospital has declined to say when or if it contacted authorities.

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The family of the baby cut from his mother’s womb after she was strangled is asking the suburban Chicago hospital why authorities weren’t immediately notified when staffers realized another woman claiming to be the mother was lying.

Family spokeswoman Cecilia Garcia says a member of a church group representing the family asked Advocate Christ Medical Center at a meeting Monday for copies of protocols it follows after receiving a baby who was born at home. Prosecutors say Clarisa Figueroa claimed she had given birth to the baby when she brought him to the hospital on April 23.

Garcia says the hospital hasn’t provided that information and a second meeting hasn’t been scheduled.

Figueroa is charged with murder in the April 23 slaying of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez in Chicago. Police and the state’s child welfare agency say the hospital didn’t immediately alert them after determining Figueroa wasn’t the mother.

The hospital has declined to say when or if it contacted authorities.

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The Latest on the killing of a pregnant Chicago teenager whose baby was cut from her womb (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

Prosecutors say a Chicago woman charged with killing a pregnant 19-year-old and cutting her baby from her womb put the victim’s body in a garbage can hidden on the side of her garage before calling 911 and saying she’d just given birth and the baby wasn’t breathing.

Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy says firefighters took the baby and 46-year-old Clarissa Figueroa to a hospital. The baby is not expected survive.

Murphy said Figueroa had blood on her upper body and face, but an examination showed no signs consistent with a woman who had just delivered a baby.

Figueroa and her daughter, 24-year-old Desiree Figueroa, were ordered held without bond on murder charges Friday.

Murphy says after the killing, Desiree Figueroa drove Marlen Ochoa-Lopez’s vehicle to her sister’s house. He says a traffic camera captured her driving the car.

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1:20 p.m.

A 46-year-old Chicago woman charged with killing a pregnant 19-year-old and cutting her baby from her womb told her family last October that she was pregnant, and later posted on Facebook an ultrasound and photos of a room decorated for a baby.

Prosecutor James Murphy said Friday that Clarissa Figueroa told her 24-year-old daughter that she was pregnant not long after her adult son died in 2018 of natural causes. He says the daughter, Desiree Figueroa, was surprised because her mother had previously had her fallopian tubes tied to prevent pregnancy.

Murphy says Clarissa Figueroa later told her daughter that she needed her help getting a baby. He says the mother met the victim, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, through a Facebook page for pregnant women and lured her to her home, where the Figueroas strangled Ochoa-Lopez and cut her baby son from her womb.

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12:50 p.m.

A prosecutor says a pregnant Chicago teen who was killed and whose baby was cut from her womb was strangled while being shown a photo album of the late son and brother of her attackers.

The prosecutor told Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz on Friday that 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez managed to get her fingers under the cord around her neck and that the woman strangling her, 46-year-old Clarisa Figueroa, then yelled at her daughter, “You’re not doing your f—ing job!”

The prosecutor says the daughter, 24-year-old Desiree Figueroa, then pried Ochoa-Lopez’s fingers from the cord while her mother continued to strangle the teen.

Ortiz denied bond to the Figueroas, who are charged with murder, and to Clarisa Figueroa’s boyfriend, 40-year-old Piotr Bobak, who is charged with concealment of a homicide.

Prosecutors say Clarisa Figueroa’s adult son died last year of natural causes.

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The Latest on the killing of a pregnant Chicago teenager whose baby was cut from her womb (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

A 46-year-old Chicago woman charged with killing a pregnant 19-year-old and cutting her baby from her womb told her family last October that she was pregnant, and later posted on Facebook an ultrasound and photos of a room decorated for a baby.

Prosecutor James Murphy said Friday that Clarissa Figueroa told her 24-year-old daughter that she was pregnant not long after her adult son died in 2018 of natural causes. He says the daughter, Desiree Figueroa, was surprised because her mother had previously had her fallopian tubes tied to prevent pregnancy.

Murphy says Clarissa Figueroa later told her daughter that she needed her help getting a baby. He says the mother met the victim, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, through a Facebook page for pregnant women and lured her to her home, where the Figueroas strangled Ochoa-Lopez and cut her baby son from her womb.

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12:50 p.m.

A prosecutor says a pregnant Chicago teen who was killed and whose baby was cut from her womb was strangled while being shown a photo album of the late son and brother of her attackers.

The prosecutor told Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz on Friday that 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez managed to get her fingers under the cord around her neck and that the woman strangling her, 46-year-old Clarisa Figueroa, then yelled at her daughter, “You’re not doing your f—ing job!”

The prosecutor says the daughter, 24-year-old Desiree Figueroa, then pried Ochoa-Lopez’s fingers from the cord while her mother continued to strangle the teen.

Ortiz denied bond to the Figueroas, who are charged with murder, and to Clarisa Figueroa’s boyfriend, 40-year-old Piotr Bobak, who is charged with concealment of a homicide.

Prosecutors say Clarisa Figueroa’s adult son died last year of natural causes.

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