Three people charged in slaying of pregnant woman in Chicago

Monday, 20 May, 2019

A Chicago woman has been charged with murder after allegedly strangling a pregnant teenager and cutting the baby from her womb.

When police arrived to question Figueroa, her daughter said her mother was in hospital with a leg injury, before adding she had just delivered a baby, said Brendan Deenihan, deputy chief of detectives.

Police also located the woman's baby who had been forcibly removed from the victim's womb, according to the Daly Mail.

Marlen Ochoa connected with a woman on Facebook about meeting up to pick up items for her baby. Authorities were to release the names of those arrested later Thursday.

Her body was found at a home in the Scottsdale neighborhood three weeks after she went missing.

Her family said they believe she went to the home on 77th Place after a woman on Facebook said she had a stroller and baby clothes.

The accused mother, 46-year-old Clarisa Figueroa, had lost her own adult son two years earlier to death by natural causes, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree Figueroa, 24, who are charged with Ochoa-Lopez's murder, were denied bond Friday.

A newborn baby is in the hospital.

Lopez told reporters that he understood his son was likely to die soon, but that he still wasn't giving up hope. Charges including murder were expected to be filed Thursday afternoon, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. Meanwhile, The Associated Press reported that three people were taken into custody.

DNA tests revealed that Ochoa-Lopez and her husband Yiovanni Lopez are the parents.

"If you consider an extremely rare event of the millions of women a year who are pregnant, there would be no way as individual people that we could take this risk to zero", she said.

Her body was found on May 14th in a bin on a property, following interviews and DNA evidence.

Screen shots obtained by CBS Chicago show that on March 6, Ochoa-Lopez posted a message to the now-defunct Facebook group, which was titled "Help a Sista Out".

The teen's family members said they have been told by police that the baby was on life support, with no brain function, at Advocate Christ Medical Centre in Oak Lawn.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that in the months before Ochoa-Lopez was killed, Figueroa allegedly told people that she was pregnant and that it was a "miracle".

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, who is charged in the death of the missing 19-year-old expectant mother, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. Ochoa's mother showed up at the Cook County Medical Examiner's office on Wednesday while the office was closing. She was nine months pregnant when she disappeared. Lopez said that although his wife was found under circumstances he could never imagine, he said he had some measure of peace knowing she has been located and the family can give her a proper burial.

The woman believed to have lured the teen later called emergency services to report a baby that was having difficulty breathing, the Chicago Tribune reported.