Police in Chicago were questioning three people on Thursday in connection with the murder of a pregnant teenager whose unborn baby was taken from her womb after her death.
Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter, Desiree Figueroa, 24, were charged on Thursday with first-degree murder and felony aggravated battery to a child less than 13 years old causing permanent disability.
Marlen Ochoa-Lopez attended her classes at Latino Youth High School last month and planned to pick up her 3-year-old at day care later that afternoon.
The older Figueroa's boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, 40, was charged with concealment of a homicide.
Any hopes that the young woman might still be alive were dashed on Wednesday, when officials confirmed that human remains discovered in a trash can outside a home on the southwest side of Chicago belonged to Ochoa-Lopez, and that her baby had been ripped from her womb.
The family said she went to the address after contacting a woman on Facebook who had offered her free baby clothes. When she arrived, police said, she was strangled with a cord and the baby cut from her body.
She was brought as a toddler to Chicago from San Luis de la Loma, a coastal town in the Mexican state of Guerrero, and never got a chance to meet them. "She was a very resourceful person, obviously, she was negotiating things for her birth, her newborn baby".
Johnson alleged that Desiree admitted to helping her mother strangle the pregnant teen with a coaxial cable. A neighbor said her behavior was odd in that she continued to smoke and drink despite claiming to be pregnant.
Ochoa-Lopez vanished last month after she went to get baby items from a woman she met on a Facebook group, Cecelia Garcia, a spokeswoman for the victim's family, told CNN affiliate WGN. A 911 dispatcher was told on April 23 that the baby was blue and not breathing.
A woman responded with an offer of new baby clothes and other unused items, and asked Ochoa-Lopez to message her privately.
Police initially identified Lopez's wife as Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui, but the family has since said she had been using her husband's last name. Ochoa-Lopez's body was discovered Wednesday, three weeks after she disappeared.
Relatives also told the paper that a few weeks ago, Ochoa-Lopez's Honda Civic was found abandoned a few blocks from the same house.
That day detectives also went to the hospital to interview Clarisa Figueroa, who denied Ochoa came to her house but admitted knowing her.
The baby is hospitalized in grave condition.
Her family was planning a surprise baby shower for her in late April because she didn't have one for her first child. On Tuesday, they returned with a search warrant, finding cleaning supplies as well as evidence of blood in the hallway and the bathroom. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.
Her husband, Yiovanni Lopez, visited his son at the hospital and named him Yadiel, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.