US infant boy cut out of murdered mother's womb dies at hospital

Marlen Ochoa             
    CBS Chicago

Marlen Ochoa CBS Chicago

When she was dead, the elder Figueroa cut the teen's baby from her womb.

"It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of baby Yovanny Jadiel Lopez", the announcement said. On Friday, the family spokesperson announced that he died from severe brain injury. Police said the baby suffered severe brain damage and was unlikely to survive.

The baby cut out of his mom's womb during an attack in Chicago died Friday after living for two months on life support.

Police say Ms Ochoa-Lopez was strangled after arranging to meet a woman to pick up free baby clothes.

Three people have been charged in the killing of Ms Ochoa-Lopez.

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

A heartbreaking photo of baby Yovanny showed him in the arms of his real dad, Yovani Lopez, Marlen's bereaved husband.

"I would like to offer my honest condolences and prayers to Marlen's family, who instead of celebrating the arrival of a new life into their family, are now mourning Marlen's loss, while at the same time caring for a new little baby that's in grave condition". Cecilia Garcia, a student pastor who was assisting the family, told CNN at the time.

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"We've been blessed, although this is a really bad tragedy, they're such a loving and humble family and it's just so wrong what happened to them".

Clarisa and Desiree Figueroa have both been charged with murder.

Figueroa's 20-year-old son, Xander, had died in 2018, according to prosecutors. Clarisa Figueroa's partner, Piotr Bobak, 40, was charged with concealment of a homicide. She then called 911 and said she'd just delivered a baby that wasn't breathing, Murphy said.

Police allege the mother and daughter planned the attack in the preceding weeks, and that Clarisa Figueroa lured the nine-months-pregnant victim to her home with the promise of baby items after the two had connected on a Facebook group for new and expecting mothers.

The accused, who remain in custody, will be asked to enter pleas to the charges when they are next in court on June 26.

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.

DNA tests later proved that the baby was Ochoa-Lopez's child.

Ochoa-Lopez's body was found in a garbage can in the backyard, along with the cable used to strangle her and other evidence, police said.

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