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Mother And Daughter Accused Of Cutting Baby Out Of Pregnant Chicago Woman Reportedly Distracted Her With A Photo Album

Chicago Police Department

A 19-year-old expectant mother was brutally murdered by a mother and daughter team in Chicago.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree Figueroa, 24, worked together to distract Marlen Ochoa-Lopez – who was nine months pregnant – with a photo album of Clarisa’s late son.

On April 23, the duo lured Ochoa-Lopez into their home with promises of gifting her with baby clothes and a stroller previously mentioned via a Facebook post for pregnant women.

Buzzfeed News reported that prosecutors detailed Ochoa-Lopez’s murder to plead with the judge not to release Clarisa.

According to prosecutors, Clarisa snuck up behind the victim and strangled her. But when Ochoa-Lopez managed to get her fingers between the cord and her neck, the mother called for Desiree to help.

Clarisa then climbed on top of Ochoa-Lopez and continued to strangle her for another 4 to 5 minutes until she was sure the expectant teen was dead.

The placenta and the baby were cut out with a butcher knife and placed in a bucket with the umbilical cord still attached. The teen’s body was placed in a body bag and dumped in a trash can in a hidden area near the Figueroas’ garage located on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

Clarissa called 911 and claimed the newborn she delivered was not breathing. She and the boy were immediately taken to the hospital where doctors said the mother had “no signs consistent with a woman who had just delivered a baby.”

Court documents state that the baby had “zero brain activity” and was in “grave condition.”

The Associated Press reported that Clarisa announced she was pregnant on Facebook and added photos of an ultrasound and a baby’s room. The news came as a shock to Desiree because she was under the impression her mother’s fallopian tubes had been tied.

The 2018 announcement coincided with the death of one of Clarisa’s adult sons, a 20-year-old who died of natural causes. Because of her son’s death, Clarisa grew desperate to raise another boy.

Prosecutor Jim Murphy said Clarisa corresponded with Ochoa-Lopez on a Facebook page for pregnant women.

“Who is due in May?” wrote Clarissa.

The then-seven-months pregnant Ochoa-Lopez responded and was offered free baby clothes by Clarisa.

When Clarisa told Desiree of her murderous scheme, the daughter refused to take part in it and later told her boyfriend about the plot.

Desiree’s boyfriend Piotr Bobak threatened to call the police if his girlfriend and her mother killed the teen, while Desiree dismissed the whole thing as an April Fool’s joke. The first meeting between Clarisa and Ochoa-Lopez had taken place on April 1, and the teen was unharmed.

The Figueroas are charged with murder, and Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz denied them bond. Ortiz also denied bond to Bobak, who is charged with the concealment of a homicide.

Their arrests took place three weeks after Ochoa-Lopez’s decaying body was found with the cord still wrapped around her neck.

Police did not make a connection between the missing teen and Clarisa’s 911 call until May 7, when Ochoa-Lopez’s friends alerted authorities to the Facebook group messages.

DNA tests concluded that the baby belonged to Ochoa-Lopez and her husband Yiovanni Lopez.

Police said the baby boy was not expected to survive.


Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1