A mom and daughter accused of murdering a pregnant woman and cutting her child from her womb had been charged on Thursday with murder in reference to the baby’s death.
Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and Desiree Figueroa, 24, have been charged with the murder of “Baby Ochoa” Yovanny Lopez, mentioned Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County, Illinois, State Lawyer’s Office. The two ladies appeared in bond court on Thursday, Simonton stated. They beforehand pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated battery within the April 23 killing of the infant’s mom, 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez.
The newborn boy died on June 14 after weeks on life support.
Police say the ladies lured Ochoa-Lopez to their Chicago area home with the promise of baby items, including a stroller. Police say the two ladies then strangled her and cut the baby from her womb.
Clarisa Figueroa allegedly tried to go the infant off as her own, calling 911 the same day of the murder to say she’d just delivered the baby, based on court paperwork. Authorities contend she meant on raising him as her own after her son died last year.
Investigators found Clarisa Figueroa’s body showed no signs of childbirth, in response to court paperwork. They ultimately discovered Ochoa-Lopez’s body in a garbage can in the Figueroa’s’ yard.
Clarisa Figueroa’s 40-year-old boyfriend, Piter Bobak, was previously charged with concealing the death of an individual and concealing a murder.