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CrimeThe Marlen Ochoa-Lopez slaying: Mother and daughter charged with strangling teen mom, cutting baby from womb

20:00  17 may  2019
20:00  17 may  2019 Source:   chicagotribune.com

Prosecutor: Pregnant teen killed while being shown photos

Prosecutor: Pregnant teen killed while being shown photos A prosecutor says a pregnant Chicago teen who was killed and whose baby was cut from her womb was strangled while being shown a photo album of the late son and brother of her attackers. The prosecutor told Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz on Friday that 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez managed to get her fingers under the cord around her neck and that the woman strangling her, 46-year-old Clarisa Figueroa, then yelled at her daughter, "You're not doing your f---ing job!" The prosecutor says the daughter, 24-year-old Desiree Figueroa, then pried Ochoa-Lopez's fingers from the cord while her mother continued to strangle the teen.

Arnulfo Ochoa, father of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa - Lopez , who was strangled and her baby boy cut from her womb . A mother and her daughter have been charged in the killing. Ochoa-Uriostegui's family has been looking for her since her disappearance more than three weeks

Ochoa - Lopez ’s death has been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed Thursday that the 46-year-old woman and two others have been arrested and charges , including murder, will be filed Thursday afternoon.

The Marlen Ochoa-Lopez slaying: Mother and daughter charged with strangling teen mom, cutting baby from womb© Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune

A mother and her daughter have been charged in the killing of a 19-year-old pregnant woman who was strangled before her baby boy was cut from her womb, a horrific crime authorities said may have been committed because they wanted to keep the child.

Detectives found coaxial cable used to strangle Marlen Ochoa-Lopez in the same garbage can where her body was found outside the family’s Southwest Side home, Chicago police officials said at a Thursday news conference.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter, Desiree, 24, were both charged with one count each of first-degree murder and aggravated battery of a child causing permanent disability. The elder Figueroa’s boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, 40, was charged with concealment of a homicide. Police said the younger Figueroa confessed to helping her mother strangle Ochoa-Lopez.

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Human remains belonging to Marlen Ochoa - Lopez were discovered in a trash can outside a Clarisa Figueroa was charged in the death of 19-year-old expectant mother Marlen Ochoa - Lopez . Ochoa - Lopez 's body was found hours after several people at the house were taken into custody for

Mom and Daughter Allegedly Murdered Pregnant Woman Whose Baby Was Taken From Womb . Three people have been charged in the murder of Marlen Ochoa - Lopez , 19, whose baby was cut out of her womb .

The Marlen Ochoa-Lopez slaying: Mother and daughter charged with strangling teen mom, cutting baby from womb© Chicago Police Department

Police said the motive was unclear, but police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said “we can only assume” the Figueroas planned to raise the baby as their own. Officials said the elder Figueroa had lost a son in his 20s to natural causes within the last few years.

Ochoa-Lopez, who was also the mother of a 3-year-old son, disappeared April 23 after leaving Latino Youth High School in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. Nine months pregnant, the teen went to Figueroa’s home after the older woman offered a double stroller and baby clothes. The two had met through a Facebook group for mothers. Once inside the home in the 4100 block of West 77th Place, police said Ochoa-Lopez was killed and the baby removed.

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Illinois not alerted to early clues in womb-cutting case Police and Illinois' child welfare agency say staff at a Chicago-area hospital didn't alert them after determining that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely ill newborn had not just given birth to the baby boy, as she claimed. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Clarisa Figueroa is charged with killing 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. Chicago police say she cut Ochoa-Lopez's baby out of her womb on April 23, then called 911 to report she had given birth to a baby who wasn't breathing.

Mom and Daughter Allegedly Murdered Pregnant Woman Whose Baby Was Taken From Womb . On Thursday afternoon, three people were charged in the murder of Marlen Ochoa - Lopez , 19 (who also RELATED: Baby Boy Ripped From Womb of Slain Mom Has No Brain Function, Family Says.

The baby of Marlen Ochoa -Uriostegui is said to be in critical condition at a local hospital after being The Cook County Medical Examiner determined the expectant mother 's cause of death to be Ochoa -Uriostegui's family told local media the mother -to-be had met the woman in a Facebook group

The newborn had problems breathing, and the elder Figueroa made a frantic 911 call saying the baby was “pale and blue,” officials said. The baby was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where the teen’s family said the boy was brain-dead but still hooked up Thursday to life support.

The Marlen Ochoa-Lopez slaying: Mother and daughter charged with strangling teen mom, cutting baby from womb© Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune

Authorities said Ochoa-Lopez had been to the home before.. “Apparently, Ms. Ochoa had bought other baby items from Clarisa in the past, so they knew each other,” Johnson told reporters.

Police said detectives didn’t begin to piece the case together until May 7 — two weeks after Ochoa-Lopez went missing — when a friend of the teenage mom mentioned that she had joined a chat site on Facebook. On checking out the site, detectives learned Ochoa-Lopez had gone to the Figueroa home. Detectives went to the home and interviewed the younger Figueroa, who eventually disclosed that her 46-year-old mother had just given birth to a baby. A search of the neighborhood revealed Ochoa-Lopez’s car parked not far away, police said.

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Funeral services set for slain pregnant teen Marlen Ochoa-Lopez May 19-- CHICAGO — Visitation and funeral arrangements have been set for Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, the 19-year-old Chicago woman lured to a home and murdered. Her son was cut from her womb. He is now on life support in grave condition with no brain activity. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Public visitation is set for 3 to 9 p.m. May 23 and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 24 at Mount Auburn Funeral Home at 4101 S. Oak Park Ave. in Stickney, Ill. Ochoa-Lopez's funeral will be held at 9 a.m.

A mother and daughter have been charged with murdering a pregnant mum and ripping her unborn son out of her womb . Ochoa - Lopez was found in a rubbish bin on Wednesday, with detectives saying she was strangled to death. Marlen Ochoa - Lopez 's father in anguish after her death.

Marlen Ochoa - Lopez , 19, was found strangled behind a house where she is alleged to have been lured to collect free baby clothes on 23 April. The baby boy, who is in critical condition, was taken to hospital the day she disappeared after a 46-year-old woman claimed to have given birth.

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That same day, detectives went to the hospital to talk to the elder Figueroa, who denied Ochoa-Lopez had shown up at her house on April 23. Police subpoenaed hospital records and eventually learned from DNA evidence that the newborn was not the elder Figueroa's child as she had claimed.

On Tuesday, detectives searched the Figueroa home. Inside a garbage can in the backyard, police found Ochoa-Lopez’s body and the coaxial cable used to strangle her, authorities said. Detectives also found the remnants of burned clothes and the indication of blood throughout the Figueroa home, as well as bleach and cleaning solution.

Ochoa-Lopez’s father was critical of police efforts, saying he didn’t think the department gave enough attention early on to the disappearance because of the family’s immigrant background.

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Illinois authorities not alerted to early clues in slaying of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez Police and Illinois' child welfare agency say staff at a Chicago-area hospital didn't alert them after determining that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely ill newborn had not just given birth to the baby boy, as she claimed. The woman, Clarisa Figueroa, was charged more than three weeks later with killing the baby's mother, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, after police found her body outside Figueoa's home. Chicago police say she cut Ochoa-Lopez's baby out of her womb on April 23, then called 911 to report she had given birth to a baby who wasn't breathing.

Marlen Ochoa - Lopez was last seen after leaving Latino Youth High School on April 23. Authorities say that after strangling Ochoa - Lopez and cutting out the newborn boy, the woman who had lured her to Authorities have yet to release the names of the four suspects detained or outline the charges .

/ Arnulfo Ochoa, the father of Marlen Ochoa - Lopez , is surrounded by family members and supporters, as he walks into the Cook County medical Bobak's girlfriend, Clarisa Figueroa, and her daughter Desiree Figueroa are charged in the death of 19-year-old expectant mother Marlen Ochoa - Lopez

“We came to this country to give a good life for my daughter,” Arnulfo Ochoa said Thursday outside the Cook County medical examiner’s office, where he had gone to view his daughter. “We just want justice for what they did for my daughter.”

The family also questioned why doctors at Advocate Christ Medical Center didn’t ask more questions when the baby was taken there. “Why didn’t they notice?” Ochoa asked.

In a brief statement, Advocate Christ Medical Center declined comment “out of respect for patient privacy and in compliance with federal and state regulations.”

At the police news conference, officials were pressed by reporters to explain why detectives weren’t able to more quickly figure out what happened to Ochoa-Lopez.

“Once they got that break on May 7, then things started going quickly,” Johnson said. “There was nothing to point us in that direction in the beginning.

“Remember, this is real life. This isn’t ‘48 Hours,’ ” Johnson said later, referring to a TV crime show. “It doesn’t work like that. It takes time.”

Brendan Deenihan, deputy chief of detectives, said he understood “everyone looking back and playing armchair quarterback. It’s like all these red flags that happened on the 23rd of April. But these defendants also ... were not that wise. I mean the body’s in the garbage can on the premises with the murder weapon inside, and we were still able to get it that much later.”

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Marlen Ochoa - Lopez , 19, the baby ’s mother , was allegedly strangled to death after a 46-year-old woman named Clarisa Figueroa lured her to her home with an offer of free baby clothes on a Facebook group for moms . Police say Ochoa - Lopez ’s baby was “forcibly removed” from her body.

Mom and Daughter Allegedly Murdered Pregnant Woman Whose Baby Was Taken From Womb . On Thursday afternoon, three people were charged in the murder of Marlen Ochoa - Lopez , 19 (who also RELATED: Baby Boy Ripped From Womb of Slain Mom Has No Brain Function, Family Says.

Johnson also addressed the frustration felt by Ochoa-Lopez’s family.

“All of us up here are parents, brothers, sisters, sons or daughters, so it doesn’t escape us the emotional drain that something like this takes on people,” the superintendent said. “I can’t even … pretend to imagine what that family is going through right now. They should be celebrating the birth of a young baby. Instead … they’re mourning the loss of the mother and possibly that young child.”

Cook County court records show that the elder Figueroa had two separate misdemeanor charges years ago, one for battery in 1998 and another for marijuana possession in 2008. Both cases were dropped.

Bobak has convictions for two misdemeanors — one for public indecency in which he was sentenced in 2009 to six months of court supervision, the records show. He was also convicted of battery in 2012 and sentenced to two years of court supervision and community service in the Cook County Sheriff's Department's Sheriff's Work Alternative Program.

At the time of his arrest, Bobak was on parole after being convicted of aggravated battery to a peace officer in downstate Morgan County. He was paroled in 2018 after being sentenced to three years in prison, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

In February of this year, an arrest warrant was issued for Bobak in a misdemeanor theft case where he was accused of stealing someone’s methadone.

Desiree Figueroa was convicted this past January for misdemeanor theft and was sentenced to four months of court supervision and community service. She missed a court date on April 29, the same day an arrest warrant was issued for her. She was also charged in 2013 with misdemeanor assault but the case was dropped.

Cook County sheriff to probe if hospital properly notified authorities after slaying of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez

Cook County sheriff to probe if hospital properly notified authorities after slaying of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez Cook County authorities said Monday they will explore whether child welfare reporting laws were violated after the woman accused of killing Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and cutting her baby from her womb showed up at a hospital last month claiming the child was hers. Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter, Desiree, 24, were both charged last week with one count each of first-degree murder and aggravated battery of a child causing permanent disability.

Clarisa Figueroa — charged with murdering a pregnant woman and cutting the woman’s baby out of her womb — drank and smoked Neighbors and online acquaintances recalled odd behavior in recent months from the woman accused of luring Marlen Ochoa - Lopez to her home, where Ochoa - Lopez

His 19-year-old mother Marlen Ochoa - Lopez 's strangled body was discovered in a trash can outside the home of a 46-year-old woman who is believed to The nine months-pregnant Ochoa - Lopez had been reported missing three weeks ago, having failed to turn up to collect her older three-year-old son

The following is a timeline of the case, pieced together from police, fire officials, the medical examiner's office, Ochoa-Lopez’s family and neighbors of the home where Ochoa-Lopez was found.

In the days before she disappeared, Ochoa-Lopez visited an online Facebook group for mothers, looking for a stroller and baby clothes for her son, due to be born in less than a month. She came into contact with a woman, allegedly the elder Figueroa, who told her "my girl has all brand new boy clothes her son never wore," according to a screenshot provided by Ochoa-Lopez's family.

"Yes girl thats fine thank you so much," Ochoa-Lopez responded.

"No problem girl," the woman replied. "I know how it is she was lucky to have two baby showers so she just loves to spread the wealth I'm fine with the help inbox me for more info ok."

After classes on April 23, Ochoa-Lopez drove from her high school in Pilsen to a one-story brick home in the Scottsdale neighborhood, about 9 miles away. Around 6 p.m. that day, the Chicago Fire Department answered a 911 call from the home reporting that a child had just been born. When paramedics arrived, they saw "the baby was in obvious distress," according to department spokesman Larry Langford, and the child was taken to the hospital.

Some paramedics stayed on the scene with the woman they believed to be the mother and asked the woman if she had any cramps, bleeding or dizziness, and she said no. She was taken to the same hospital as a precaution.

Paramedics do not typically conduct physical examinations after childbirth, Langford said. At the time, there was nothing suspicious that raised alarms.

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The baby was placed in the intensive care unit, where he remained Thursday. The family has said the boy has no brain function, apparently from lack of oxygen. In the following days, the residents of the home on 77th Place apparently set up a GoFundMe page for the baby, according to screenshots provided by Ochoa-Lopez's family. The elder Figueroa was listed as organizing the fundraising drive, which sought $9,000. The page featured the picture of a small baby hooked up to a breathing tube and monitors.

It has since been taken down. A spokeswoman for GoFundMe said “this campaign was removed from the platform because it violated GoFundMe terms and conditions. All donors will be refunded.”

After police learned of the connection between Figueroa and Ochoa-Lopez, the 19-year-old's black Honda Civic was found abandoned in the 7700 block of South Keeler Avenue, not far from where her body would be discovered. Neighbors on the block said they had seen the car around the neighborhood and noticed several parking tickets on it.

Ochoa-Lopez's family said police told them that DNA samples from the baby were a match with DNA extracted from the teen's toothbrush and hairbrush. The family has been visiting the baby at the hospital.

On Tuesday afternoon, police officers were seen escorting four people from the home on 77th Place, two women and two men. A day later, the medical examiner's office was notified of a body at the 77th Place address, and it was identified as Ochoa-Lopez.

Chicago Tribune’s Elyssa Cherney and Rosemary Sobol contributed.

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