Three people have been charged in connection with the death of Chicago teen, 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, who was discovered dead inside a trash can on Wednesday, with her baby ripped out of her womb.
CBS Chicago reports that police arrested Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her 24-year-old daughter, Desiree Figueroa. Both suspects are charged with murder. Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said that Desiree confessed that she helped Clarisa strangle Marlen with a cable.
The third suspect, 40-year-old Piotr Bobak, was arrested and charged with concealment of a crime. According to police, Bobak is Clarisa’s boyfriend.
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Marlen’s body was dumped in a garbage can at a residence off of 77th Place in Chicago, after her baby was cut from her womb. The baby survived, but has no brain activity and is currently on life support, according to the victim’s family.
CNN reports that Johnson said Clarisa lost her son in 2017 from natural causes, but Johnson said he had no idea if that was why the baby was taken was Marlen. Johnson also said he didn’t know what suspects planned for the infant once they removed him from Marlen’s womb.
“Only they know that,” Johnson said. “We assume they would raise the child as their own.”
Pictures of Marlen Ochoa’s baby. Family’s pastor says he is in critical condition and on life support. Marlen was strangled. Her baby was cut out of her womb. Police say three people are under arrest and charges are pending. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/Uf7Y6Ix8B0
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Police said Figueroa lured the pregnant teen to her house through the Facebook group, “Help A Sister Out.” The suspect offered to give away baby clothes and other items that she no longer needed.
“She was giving clothes away, supposedly under the pretenses that her daughter had been given clothes, and they had all these extra boy clothes, and that were the false pretenses that I believe led her to that house,” Garcia said, according to CBS Chicago.
The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline for additional updates.
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[Feature Photo: Marlen Ochoa-Lopez/Handout]