CHICAGO (KWCH/AP) A baby cut from his mother’s womb during a brutal attack in April has died, a family spokeswoman said.
Yovanny Jadiel Lopez had been in intensive care since his mother, 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, was killed in Chicago April 23.
"It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of baby Yovanny Jadiel Lopez," Julie Contreras posted on her Facebook page. “He passed away this Friday June 14, 2019 from his severe brain injury.”
Police say Ochoa-Lopez was lured to a woman’s home by an offer of free baby clothes. She was then strangled and her unborn baby cut from her. Her body was found weeks later in a garbage can in the backyard of a home.
Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her 24-year-old daughter, Desiree Figueroa, are charged with first-degree murder in Ochoa-Lopez's death. Figueroa's boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, is charged with concealing a homicide.
Authorities contend that not long after Clarisa Figueroa's adult son died of natural causes, she told her family she was pregnant. 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. In March, she and Ochoa-Lopez connected on a Facebook page for pregnant women
The two first met in person around April 1, when Ochoa-Lopez went to the Figueroas' house and left unharmed, prosecutors allege. The teen returned on April 23 to accept Clarisa Figueroa's offer of free baby clothes, 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.
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.
Later that day, Clarisa Figueroa called 911 claiming that her newborn baby wasn't breathing. When first responders arrived, the child was blue. They tried to resuscitate the infant and took him to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Police have said the baby suffered severe brain damage and is unlikely to survive.
The defendants are due back in court June 26.