Baby dies weeks after cut from his mother’s womb

Marlen Ochoa             
    CBS Chicago

Cecilia Garcia confirmed a family statement posted on Facebook that 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa's baby died at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

In the photo, taken by a student pastor, the baby is being held by Yovany Lopez, the boy's father and the teenager's husband.

A third person, Desiree's boyfriend Piotr Bobak, 40, has also been charged for his alleged involvement, and faces one felony count of concealment of a homicide. The picture, taken by a student pastor, shows the baby attached to various tubes and apparently asleep in his father's arms.

"It's still a long way to go for the baby, but the baby is fighting and surviving", Frank Avila, an attorney for Yovani Lopez, told WLS at the time. Once Ms Ochoa-Lopez had died, her baby was forcibly removed from her womb with a butcher's knife.

Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was lured to the home of an older woman who was in a mother's Facebook group.

The baby had been on life support since being brought to the hospital on April 23.

Once Ochoa-Lopez stopped showing signs of life, Clarisa Figueroa cut the baby from her womb and she and her daughter wrapped the teen's body in a blanket, put it in a plastic bag and dragged it outside to a garbage can, according to prosecutors.

Ochoa managed to get her fingers under the cord around her neck before the woman strangling her, Clarisa Figueroa, yelled at her daughter, "You're not doing your [expletive] job!" according to Murphy.

After hearing the testimony, Ortiz denied bond to the Figueroas, who are charged with murder, saying she felt "the presumption is great" that they committed a "heinous and brutal murder" and that they pose "a real and present" danger to the community. They say she plotted for months to acquire a newborn, and that she posted an ultrasound and photos of a room decorated for a baby on her Facebook page. Later that day, Clarisa Figueroa called 911 claiming that she had just given birth.

Ms Ochoa-Lopez was nine months pregnant at the time.

The defendants are due back in court June 26.

He was admitted to the hospital in what police described as "grave" condition.

Subsequent DNA tests revealed that Ms Ochoa-Lopez was the baby's mother. Ochoa-Lopez's body was later found in a garbage can in the backyard of the home.

The motive for the killing is under investigation, but Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said he believes the elder Figueroa wanted to raise the child as her own.



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