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Three people have been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a pregnant Chicago woman who was strangled before her baby was cut from her womb, authorities announced Thursday.
Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her 24-year-old daughter Desiree face of the first degree murder charges in the death of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, who had the women at home, in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at a press conference.
From left to right: Desiree Figueroa, Clarisa Figueroa and Piotr Bobak
(Chicago Police Department)
The older woman’s boyfriend, 40-year-old Piotr Bobak is charged with the hide of a death by homicide, police said.
Desiree Figueroa, who pretended Ochoa-Lopez, the baby was her, admitted to helping her mother to strangle the woman with a coaxial cable, police said.
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The newborn was in grave condition and not expected to survive, police spokesman Anthony guglielmi said.
Ochoa-Lopez’s body was found early Wednesday behind the house, more than three weeks after she was last seen leaving her high school on April 23. On the same day, paramedics were called to the Figueroas’ home several miles away on the Southwest Side for a newborn the breathing problems.
Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt said a 46-year-old woman called 911 to report that her newborn baby in distress. Then came the ambulance, the baby wasn’t breathing, the baby was blue,” said Merritt. The paramedics tried to resuscitate the baby on the way to the hospital, ” he said.
The family Ochoa-Lopez, a married mother of a 3-year-old son, said a woman on Facebook had enticed her to the house by the offer of a pram and baby clothes.
“She was making clothes, supposedly under the pretext that her daughters had received the clothes and they had all this extra boy clothes,” said Cecelia Garcia, a spokeswoman for the family.
A break in the investigation came after the woman who said that she had the birth of the baby an online fundraising campaign, a other spokeswoman of Ochoa-Lopez’s family said. The GoFundMe campaign said that the baby would die, and money was needed for a funeral.
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, Thursday in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
The police then conducted a DNA test and determined that Ochoa-Lopez and her husband, Yiovanni Lopez, were actually his parents, Walker.
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Lopez told reporters that he understood that his son would die, but that he was not to give up hope.
“We beg God that he gives us our child, because that is a blessing that my wife still have for us,” he said in Spanish through an interpreter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.