Prosecutor: Mom plotted to kill the pregnant woman, stealing the baby

This combination of booking photos provided by the Chicago Police department on Thursday 16 May 2019 shows from left to right, Pioter Bobak, 40; Clarisa Figueroa, 46; and Desiree Figueroa, 24. Against them is three weeks after the 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez disappeared and a day after her body was found in a garbage can in the backyard of Clarissa Figueroa’s home in Chicago’s Southwest Side. The police said the teenager was strangled and her baby cut from her body. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

CHICAGO – A mother laid off for the months to getting a newborn before she and her daughter strangled a pregnant Chicago woman and cut her baby out of her belly with help of a butcher knife, prosecutors said Friday as they revealed gruesome new details about the case.

Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was lured to the house where Clarisa Figueroa lived with her daughter, Desiree, by Facebook postings offering free baby clothes. When they arrived, was the daughter showed her a photo album of her late brother to distract her as her mother tried to strangle with a agreement, district attorney Jim Murphy said.

When Ochoa-Lopez managed to get her fingers under the cord, Clarisa Figueroa shouted to her 24-year-old daughter — “You’re not doing your f-ing job!” The daughter then pried Ochoa-Lopez, the fingers of the string “one by one”, while her mother continued to strangle the teen for another five minutes, Murphy said.

As soon as Ochoa-Lopez showed no signs of life, Clarisa Figueroa to cut her open with a butcher knife, removed the placenta and the baby, put the baby in a bucket with the umbilical cord still attached, said Murphy, reading from court documents .

The plot may have originated in the late 2018, when Clarisa Figueroa told her family that she was pregnant and later posted on Facebook an ultrasound and pictures of a room decorated for a baby. Desiree Figueroa was surprised, Murphy said, because her mother had previously had her fallopian tubes tied to prevent pregnancy.

The plaintiffs argued that the Clarisa Figueroa made the announcement about the fact that the pregnant not long after one of her adult sons had died of natural causes.

Clarisa Figueroa connected with Ochoa-Lopez on March 5, via a Facebook page for pregnant women. “Who is due in May?” Clarisa Figueroa asked in one message. “Where is it Possible mammas?” Ochoa-Lopez, seven months pregnant at the time, answered and Clarisa Figueroa made the offer of free clothes, prosecutors said.

When Clarisa Figueroa first asked her daughter to help her to kill someone to get a baby, the daughter initially said no, Murphy said. He also appeared in public for the first time that Desiree Figueroa is four months pregnant.

Their first encounter with Ochoa-Lopez around 1 April, although they left unscathed that day. Desiree Figueroa had told her friend about her mother’s intent to kill Ochoa-Lopez, and warned her that he would call the police if they damaged the young woman. The prosecutor said Clarisa Figueroa later told the friend of the whole scheme was an April Fool’s joke.

Ochoa-Lopez was killed when they returned a second time on 23 April. After killing her, the mother and daughter allegedly wrapped her in a blanket and put the body in a large plastic bag. She is dragged outside and placed it in a garbage can in a hidden room next to the garage on Chicago’s Southwest Side, approximately 4 km from Ochoa-Lopez in the your own home.

Clarisa Figueroa than 911, who claims that her newborn baby was not breathing, authorities said. When first responders arrived, the child was blue. They tried to revive the baby and transported Clarisa Figueroa and the boy to a nearby hospital. Figueroa had blood on her upper body, but no physical sign that she had given birth, according to the researchers.

The boy remained in the hospital Friday in the tomb and was not expected to survive, police said.

Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz denied bond to the Figueroas, who are charged with murder, saying she felt that “the presumption is great” that they had committed a “horrific and brutal murder” and that they pose “a real and present” danger to the community. She has also denied bond to Clarisa Figueroa’s friend, the 40-year-old Piotr Bobak, who is charged with concealment of a homicide.

The mother’s lawyer asked Ortiz to the Figueroas in custody for the safety of the other prisoners, having regard to “the nature of the case.” The Figueroas stood quietly during the hearing. When they left, the mother looked back at the gallery, where the victim from friends and family members, packed placed in the spotlight.

The arrests came three weeks after the disappearance of Ochoa-Lopez, whose decaying body was discovered this week with the cord still around her neck.

The police don’t connect Ochoa-Lopez’s disappearance, and the 911 call from the baby until 7 May, when the friends of the teenager directed detectives to her social media account, which showed she had communicated with Clarisa Figueroa.

At the same time, Clarisa Figueroa was started a GoFundMe campaign for the funeral of what she said was her dying baby, said Sara Walker, a spokeswoman for Ochoa-Lopez family. The police then conducted a DNA test, which proved that Ochoa-Lopez and her husband, Yiovanni Lopez, were actually his parents, Walker.

When police arrived to question Clarisa Figueroa, her daughter told them that her mother was in the hospital with some kind of leg injury, before adding that she was just gave birth to a baby, Brendan Deenihan, deputy head of detectives, said Thursday.

The police then searched around and found Ochoa-Lopez’s car a few blocks away. On Tuesday, she is back with a search warrant, finding supplies as well as the evidence of the blood in the hallway and in the bathroom.

Ochoa-Lopez family was looking for her since her disappearance on April 23, organize search parties and the holding of press conferences as they pushed the police for updates in the research.

Ochoa-Lopez’s mother, Raquel Uriostegui, said her daughter was born in Mexico and came to the United States when she was 2.

“My daughter was a very happy girl. They had a lot of dreams,” Uriostegui said.

“They wanted to do great things, like all of us,” added her husband, Yiovanni Lopez.


Associated Press writer Sara Burnett and video journalist Noreen Nasir contributed to this report.

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