Baby cut from slain Chicago woman's womb has died, family says

Marlen Ochoa             
    CBS Chicago

Marlen Ochoa CBS Chicago

The baby of a 19-year-old woman who was murdered in Chicago has died, family says.

Arnulfo Ochoa, the father of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, is surrounded by family members and supporters, as he walks into the Cook County medical examiner's office to identify his daughter's body in Chicago on May 16, 2019.

According to ABC7 in Chicago, a family spokesperson said the child died Friday from complications of a severe brain injury.

Representatives for the family told USA media that the baby's condition had deteriorated this week. "There's tubes down his throat", attorney Frank Avila said Wednesday.

The baby spent weeks in intensive care after suffering severe brain damage. "There's no medicine, there's no pill that can fix that".

Asked about the family's motivation for slaying the teen and stealing her baby, Johnson replied: "Only they know that", reported ABC 7.

Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was discovered dead on May 15, three weeks after she'd gone missing just ahead of her due date.

A mother and daughter are charged in Ochoa-Lopez's killing. Clarisa Figueroa's partner, Piotr Bobak, 40, was charged with concealment of a homicide.

The three defendants are due back in court June 26.

Desiree Figueroa distracted Ochoa-Lopez with a photo album while the elder Figueroa wrapped a cable around Ochoa-Lopez's neck, assistant state's attorney James Murphy said.

Clarisa Figueroa then got on top of the teen and strangled her for about four to five minutes, the prosecutor said. The baby was cut from his mother's womb and his mother was killed.

Later that day, Clarisa Figueroa called 911 claiming that her newborn baby wasn't breathing.

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

The suspects allegedly planned the attack for months.

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. In March, she and Ochoa connected on a Facebook page for pregnant women.

Authorities contend that not long after Clarisa Figueroa's adult son died of natural causes, she told her family she was pregnant.

Ochoa-Lopez, ahigh school student, went to Figueroa's home at least twice this year after connecting through the Facebook group and accepting Figueroa's offer of baby items, Chicago police said.

Investigators searched the area and found Ochoa-Lopez's vehicle nearby, Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said.

Armed with a search warrant, crime lab officers searched Figueroa's house.

"Words really can not express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are", Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said last month.

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