Mother, daughter who cut baby out of pregnant woman in 'womb raider' attack slapped with second murder charge
Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree Figueroa, 24, have been charged with the murders of Marlen Ochoa Lopez, 19, and her infant son Yovani Jadiel Lopez
A mother and daughter have been slapped with a second murder charge Thursday after the baby they cut from the womb of a slain pregnant woman died.
Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree Figueroa, 24, have been accused of murdering a pregnant woman and 'stealing' the baby from the woman's womb.
Clarisa and Desiree had initially pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated battery.
The horrific incident took place on April 23 when the baby's mother Marlen Ochoa Lopez,19, was brutally murdered by the mother-daughter duo.
Lopez's infant passed away on June 14 after being on life support for weeks.
The police shared that the women had lured Lopez to their home on the pretext of giving her some baby items including a pram.
The authorities revealed that the two women then strangled the young mother and cut the baby from her womb. Clarisa then attempted to pass off the baby as her own.
As per court documents, she called 911 the same day of the murder to say that she had given birth to a child.
She had intended to raise the baby as her own after her son had died last year.
The investigators soon discovered that Clarisa's body showed no signs of childbirth and eventually discovered Lopez's body in a bin hidden in Figueroa's backyard.
According to Fox32, the infant, who was named Yovani Jadiel Lopez, died at 5 am on Friday, June 14, at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he had been hospitalized and was on life support since his birth in April.
A statement from the family read, "It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of baby Yovani Jadiel Lopez. He passed away this Friday, June 14, 2019, from his severe brain injury."
Clarisa's boyfriend, Piter Bobak, 40, had earlier been charged with concealing the death of a person and concealing a homicide.