Baby cut from womb of slain Chicago woman dies after weeks in intensive care

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Baby Cut from 19-Year-Old Dies after Months in Intensive Care

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

The baby who police said was cut from his slain mother’s womb in Chicago in April has died after spending more than seven weeks in intensive care, a family spokeswoman said Friday.

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Yovanny Jadiel Lopez had been hospitalized since April 23, after police said his mother, 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, was killed by a woman offering baby clothes on Facebook and her daughter.

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Lopez family spokeswoman Julie Contreras said in a statement that Yovanny died Friday of severe brain injury. The family will hold a private funeral service for the infant.

“Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time,” Contreras said.

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Yovanny was hospitalized after authorities said Clarissa Figueroa, 46, called 911 to falsely claim she’d given birth to a child who was not breathing. Tests later confirmed the boy was Ochoa-Lopez’s son.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that Figueroa plotted for months to get a newborn before she and her daughter strangled Ochoa-Lopez and cut her baby from her womb using a butcher's knife, The Associated Press reported.

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Clarissa Figueroa and her daughter, 24-year-old Desiree Figueroa, were formally charged Wednesday with first-degree murder, WGN-TV reported. They remained jailed Friday without bond.

Clarissa Figueroa's boyfriend, Piotr Boback, has also been charged with one count of concealment of a homicide. His attorney, Hal Garfinkel, told WGN-TV he was not guilty.