A Chicago father was able to cradle his son in his arms for the first time after the baby was ripped from his wife’s womb last month in a horrific killing that has shocked the community.
New images released on Facebook by family friend Cecilia Garcia show Yovani Lopez holding the small baby boy named Yadiel, who remains in critical condition after police say he was forcibly removed from 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez’s stomach just moments after she was strangled to death.
“Thank you for your prayers He opened his eye for us!! We’re praying for a miracle,” Garcia wrote in a caption with the photos.
Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree, 24, are accused of luring Ochoa-Lopez, who has also been referred to as Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui in media reports, to their home with the promise of giving her baby clothes for her unborn son, but police said once the nine-months-pregnant teen arrived at the home they killed her, cut the baby from her womb and then called 911 when the baby was not breathing, The Chicago Tribune reports.
The baby was brought to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn to be treated and remains in grave condition weeks after his birth. He is reportedly on life support and continues to need feeding and breathing tubes, according to WFLD.
It's believed that Clarisa Figueroa had planned to raise the baby as her own. Figueroa and her daughter are now facing charges of first-degree murder and aggravated battery of a child causing permanent disability.
After Ochoa-Lopez’s body was discovered in a garbage can near the Figueroa home, Yovani Lopez spoke out about the horror his wife endured in her final moments.
“She did nothing to them. She was a good person. I don’t know what caused them to, knowing she had a family, a 3-year-old son,” he said, according to local station WBBM-TV.
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