Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Baby ripped from womb of murdered Chicago woman has died

Baby ripped from womb of murdered Chicago woman has died

"It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of baby Yovanny Jadiel Lopez", the family's spokesperson, Julie Contreras, said in a statement.

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

Prosecutors said that woman, 46-year-old Clarisa Figueroa, strangled the teen with the help of her daughter before cutting the baby out of the womb and claiming she'd given birth to him. The teen returned April 23 to accept Clarisa Figueroa's offer of free baby clothes, they say, and, as Desiree Figueroa was showing Ochoa-Lopez a photo album of her late brother to distract her, Clarisa Figueroa sneaked up behind her and strangled her with a cord. Police say that the baby was violently taken from his mother's body after Ochoa-Lopez was kidnapped and killed.

Three people have been charged in connection with the murder, which police called an "unspeakable act of violence".

"Words can not express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are", Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters at a news conference to announce the charges about three weeks after Ochoa vanished on April 23. The three defendants are due back in court on June 26.

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

Clarisa Figueroa and the infant then were hospitalized, though the woman showed no signs to suggest she'd just delivered a baby, Murphy said.


A break in the case came May 7, when a friend of the victim told detectives about Ochoa-Lopez's exchanges with Figueroa before she vanished, police said.

That same day, detectives interviewed the elder Figueroa at a hospital.

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

Suspicious, detectives spent the next several days subpoenaing hospital records and collecting DNA samples from the baby and Clarisa Figueroa.

Detectives discovered bleach and cleaning solutions in the home, along with evidence of burned clothing and blood on the floors of the living room, bathroom and a hallway, Deenihan said.

Ochoa-Lopez's body was found in a garbage can last month behind the Chicago home of a woman now charged in Ochoa-Lopez's killing. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office concluded that the cause of death to be ligature strangulation, and her death was ruled a homicide.

"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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