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Baby stolen from womb of slain Chicago woman

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/17/19, 11:12 am

A Chicago woman has been charged with murdering a pregnant mother and cutting the infant from her womb, police said Thursday. The suspect apparently wanted to raise another child two years after her adult son died of natural causes, investigators said. Police accused Clarisa Figueroa, 46, of luring 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez to her house with an advertisement for free baby clothes and then strangling her.

“Words cannot express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. Authorities have also charged Figueroa’s 24-year-old daughter, Desiree Figueroa, with murder and her boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, 40, with concealment of a homicide.

Ochoa-Lopez disappeared three weeks ago, and her body was discovered in a garbage can in Figueroa’s backyard on Tuesday. After Ochoa-Lopez’s death, Figueroa called 911 claiming her newborn baby was not breathing. First responders tried to resuscitate the boy and transported him to a nearby hospital. Police said he remained in grave condition and was not expected to survive.

“We plead to God that he gives us our child because that is a blessing that my wife left for us,” Ochoa-Lopez’s husband, Yiovanni Lopez, told reporters through a Spanish interpreter.

The three suspects were scheduled to appear in court Friday.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • Laura W
    Posted: Sat, 05/18/2019 07:53 pm

    What on earth was she thinking? This was obviously planned out in advance with the baby clothes ad, so it wasn't an impulsive decision. How could she not realize that this not only involved murder, but also involved huge risks to the life of the child she hoped to raise? (And for that matter, murdering the child's mother makes it highly unlikely that you'll actually get that chance.) And apparently her adult daughter and boyfriend were also in on it and saw nothing wrong with this plan? What on earth is going on in someone's mind that they would try this instead of, oh, I don't know, trying to adopt? Or trying to get pregnant again? Or even ordinary kidnapping would be less harmful to all involved than what she actually came up with.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Mon, 05/20/2019 02:12 pm

    Naturally, I'm horrified by this case. However, with the bills in New York and some other states regarding babies being born alive following abortions, it does not surprise me in the least. This, ladies and gentlemen, is what America looks like when we dehumanize preborn babies.