This reserving picture offered by the Chicago Police Department, Thursday, Might 16, 2019, exhibits Clarisa Figueroa, who’s charged within the dying of 19-year-old expectant mom Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. First-degree homicide expenses have been filed towards Figueroa and her daughter Desiree Figueroa in reference to the dying of Ochoa-Lopez, whose physique was found earlier within the week, strangled earlier than her child was lower from her womb. (Chicago Police Department through AP) The Related Press
By CARYN ROUSSEAU and DON BABWIN, Related Press
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago lady who bought child garments to a pregnant lady and lured her again to her home with a proposal of extra clothes has been charged with homicide after allegedly strangling the lady with a twine and reducing the toddler from her womb, police mentioned Thursday.
Clarisa Figueroa, 46, apparently needed to lift one other youngster two years after her grownup son died of pure causes, investigators mentioned.
“Words cannot express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson instructed reporters at a information convention to announce the homicide expenses towards Figueroa and her 24-year-old daughter, Desiree Figueroa. The mom’s boyfriend, 40-year-old Piotr Bobak, was charged with concealment of a murder.
The fees come three weeks after 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez disappeared and a day after her physique was found in a rubbish can within the yard of Figueroa’s dwelling on town’s Southwest Facet, about four miles from her own residence.
In response to police, drove from her highschool to Figueroa’s dwelling in response to a proposal of free garments that Figueroa had posted on Fb. When she arrived, police mentioned, she was strangled and the child lower from her physique.
Just a few hours later, Figueroa frantically known as 911, claiming that her new child child was not respiration. When first responders arrived, the kid was blue. They tried to resuscitate the toddler and transported the boy to a close-by hospital, the place police mentioned he remained in grave situation and was not anticipated to outlive.
Police didn’t join the lady’s disappearance and the 911 name concerning the child till Might 7, when buddies of Ochoa-Lopez directed detectives to her social media account, which confirmed she had communicated with Figueroa in a Fb group for expectant moms.
On the identical time, Clarisa Figueroa had began a GoFundMe marketing campaign for the funeral of what she mentioned was her dying child, mentioned Sara Walker, a spokeswoman for Ochoa-Lopez’s household.
Police then carried out DNA checks, which confirmed that Ochoa-Lopez and her husband, Yiovanni Lopez, had been truly his dad and mom, Walker mentioned.
When police arrived to query Figueroa, her daughter instructed them that her mom was within the hospital with some type of leg damage, earlier than including that she had simply delivered a child, mentioned Brendan Deenihan, deputy chief of detectives.
“She told an extremely odd story,” and officers “kind of knew where this is headed,” Deenihan mentioned.
Police then searched the neighborhood and located Ochoa-Ortiz’s automotive just a few blocks away. On Tuesday, they returned with a search warrant, discovering cleansing provides in addition to proof of blood within the hallway and within the lavatory. They later discovered the teenager’s physique in a trash can behind the home and recovered surveillance video that confirmed Ochoa-Ortiz’s automobile driving by way of the neighborhood on the day they believed she was killed, authorities mentioned.
Ochoa-Lopez’s household had been on the lookout for the teenager since her disappearance, organizing search events and holding information conferences as they pushed police for updates within the investigation.
Her father, Arnulfo Ochoa, mentioned family members had been grateful to have discovered her. Now they need justice. The household was additionally bracing for the child’s dying, whereas nonetheless hoping for a miracle.
“We plead to God that he gives us our child because that is a blessing that my wife left for us,” Yiovanni Lopez instructed reporters by way of a Spanish interpreter outdoors the county morgue the place the teenager’s physique was taken.
The three suspects had been scheduled to seem Friday in bond courtroom.
Related Press videojournalist Noreen Nasir contributed to this report.
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