Mother-daughter duo who murdered pregnant Chicago teen and cut her baby out charged for 'womb raider' plot
A 46-year-old woman Clarisa Figueroa who had posed as the mother of a baby stolen from the womb of his murdered mother is among three people who were charged for the sickening crime.
Figueroa was charged along with her 24-year-old daughter Desiree Figueroa and 40-year-old Piotr Bobak for the brutal murder of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui which occurred last month in Chicago. Both Clarisa and Desiree have been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery of a child causing permanent disability.
Bobak has been charged with felony counts of concealing a death and concealing a homicide. All the three accused are scheduled to be in court for bond hearings on Friday, May 17. Translator Julie Contreras spoke to Daily Mail post the arrests and shared that the victim's family are "in complete agony mourning the loss of child." Contreras further said that Marlen had "suffered a horrific death at the hands of monsters."
"The family wants justice for Marlen," Contreras shared. Authorities revealed that after luring the nine-month pregnant Marlen to their home on the pretext of free baby clothes, the Figueroas proceeded to strangle the teenager using an electronics cable and then cut out the unborn baby from her womb. Clarisa then called 911 and claimed that she had just given birth to a baby and the baby was not breathing.
However, DNA testing was able to prove that the baby was actually the son of the murdered teenager. Police located Marlen's body and the murder weapon in a trash can which was found in the backyard of the killer's home. The infant has been named Yadiel and is currently in the custody of Marlen's husband and is in hospital, fighting for his life.
The police revealed that Clarisa Figueroa's own son Xavier had passed away in 2017 after dying of natural causes. Clarisa and Bobak had claimed that they were the parents of a premature baby whom they had named Xander Xavier Bobak. Social media posts showed that the suspects had posted about the arrival of a baby boy and had decorated a nursery.
It was an anonymous tip which led detectives to check the DNA of the child after Clarisa started a GoFundMe page to raise $9,000 for the baby's medical and funeral claiming that the child would not survive for long and was sick.
Marlen's family is hoping to get justice for the slain teen and her husband Giovanni Lopez shared with Fox News 32, "We're gonna have justice with those responsible. We're gonna go hard after them. We won't let it go. They don't know the pain they've caused. They don't know."