Pregnant Chicago teen killed while being shown photos, prosecutor says

Three Arrested in Murder of Pregnant Chicago Woman

Three Arrested in Murder of Pregnant Chicago Woman

She was willing to buy, trade or accept a donation.

Ochoa-Lopez's husband, Yiovanni Lopez, called her "such a good, happy person".

As she left Latino Youth High School last month, 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez had one quick errand to run before picking up her 3-year-old son from day care.

A Chicago woman accused of strangling a pregnant teen and cutting out her unborn baby had planned the killing for weeks, having first lied that she was expecting a child, and then using Facebook to find and lure her target, authorities said Friday.

The baby boy is not expected to survive.

Prosecutors in Chicago have charged Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree Figueroa, 24, with the murder.

A spokeswoman for the family a 19-year-old who was killed and whose baby was cut from her womb says what they're going through is "a nightmare, a horror film".

"Words really can not express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are", Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters Thursday.

Police did not connect the Ochoa-Lopez's disappearance and the emergency call about the baby until May 7, when friends of the teen directed detectives to her social media account, which showed she had communicated with Clarisa Figueroa in a Facebook group for expectant mothers. Apparently Ochoa-Lopez had purchased baby items from the suspects in the past, police said.

Fox32 reported that Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said, "We believe that she was murdered and we believe that the baby was forcibly removed following that murder".

In a bond court document, prosecutors say Desiree Figueroa was surprised to hear her mother say she was pregnant in October, 2018, since Clarisa's fallopian tubes had been tied. This time, however, cops said the unthinkable happened.

"Her mother told me Marlen was always affectionate, but that day she seemed especially loving".

"We just want them to face justice", Arnulfo Ochoa said on May 16.

Clarisa Figueroa connected with Ochoa-Lopez on March 5 via a Facebook page for pregnant women. Desiree Figueroa told them her mother was in the hospital for problems with her legs. Then she revealed that her mother had just delivered a baby, he said. Ochoa-Lopez's auto was found near the home. Suspicious, detectives subpoenaed hospital records and began to collect DNA samples from the baby, his biological father and Clarisa Figueroa. On Tuesday they returned with a search warrant, finding cleaning supplies as well as evidence of blood in the hallway and in the bathroom. The cord used to strangle her was still around her neck.

Early Thursday morning, Desiree Figueroa told detectives that she helped her mother strangle Ochoa-Lopez, Deenihan said.

The two women have been charged with one felony count of first-degree murder and one felony count of aggravated battery of a child less than 13 years old, police said.

Clarisa and Desiree Figueroa have been charged with murder, while Clarisa Figueroa's 40-year-old boyfriend Piotr Bobak has been charged with helping to cover up the alleged crime. Ochoa-Lopez, seven months' pregnant at the time, responded, and Clarisa Figueroa made the offer of free clothes, prosecutors said. The motive for the killing is under investigation, but the superintendent said he assumed the suspect wanted to raise the child as her own.

Her body was found three weeks later on 15 May.

It was also learned that Desiree is four months pregnant, her attorney said.

"I have a lot of faith that the baby's going to live". She did nothing to them.

Marlen also had a 3-year-old son. "This can't stay like this".

A medical examiner determined that Ochoa-Lopez died of strangulation. She denied Ochoa-Lopez came to her house April 23 but admitted to meeting her in the past, Deenihan said. He did and then hired a private investigator, who Cortes said helped find Ochoa-Lopez's auto near the home where her body was found.

They also turned to the church for help in reaching out to the community at large, plastering the neighborhood with fliers. She found humour in everything. Figueroa had blood on her upper body but no physical sign that she had given birth, according to investigators.

Quinet said it's most often a case of a perpetrator making "an extremely dysfunctional, controlling, psychotic attempt to keep a man in a relationship", or they're suffering from what Quinet calls "motherhood by proxy". They later discovered her body. "When things of this nature occur, the first thing people do is look in retrospect, what could we have done to maybe prevent this? I know our detectives do the best they can".