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Baby cut out of mother's womb dies at US hospital

Friday, June 14, 2019

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CHICAGO, United States (AFP) — A baby cut out of his murdered teenage mother's womb died Friday at a Chicago hospital of severe brain injury nearly two months after the attack, a family spokesman said.

Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was killed on April 23 by a Chicago woman and her daughter, who lured the expectant mother to their home with the promise of free baby supplies.

Police say Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree, 24, strangled the teen, who was nine months pregnant, and cut the baby out of her. The two have been charged with murder.

The elder Figueroa then allegedly claimed the baby as her own after calling for medical help because the child was not breathing.

The baby had been hospitalised on life support and was considered brain dead, according to the family.

"It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of baby Yovanny Jadiel Lopez," family spokeswoman Julie Contreras said in a Facebook post.

Police said they discovered Ochoa-Lopez's body hidden in a garbage can at Figueroa's home about three weeks after she went missing.

Her family said undocumented members of the Latino community in Chicago did not provide crucial information about the missing person's case because they feared speaking to police.


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