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Mom Who Allegedly Cut Baby From Womb 'Not That Wise'

3 weeks later, detectives found body, murder weapon, blood
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2019 7:09 AM CDT
Clarisa Figueroa   (Chicago Police Department via AP)
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(Newser) – "Words cannot really describe how disgusting, and thoroughly disturbing, these allegations are," Chicago police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Thursday in announcing a mother and daughter had been charged with Marlen Ochoa-Lopez's murder. Clarisa Figueroa, who allegedly lured the pregnant 19-year-old to her home under the guise of selling her baby items, is charged alongside her 24-year-old daughter, Desiree, who confessed to helping her mother strangle Ochoa-Lopez with a coaxial cable before a child was ripped from her womb, police say, per NBC Chicago. The cable was found with Ochoa-Lopez's remains in a garbage can in the backyard of the Chicago home of the family on Tuesday, three weeks after Ochoa-Lopez reportedly went to collect the items.

The suspects "were not that wise," a detective tells the Chicago Tribune, noting burned clothes and traces of blood and bleach were also found inside the home. Johnson said the break in the case came when a friend mentioned Ochoa-Lopez was a member of a Facebook chat group. That led officers to Figueroa. "We can only assume" she planned to raise Ochoa-Lopez's baby as her own, Johnson said, per CNN. Police note Figueroa's family created a GoFundMe page seeking $9,000 for the newborn boy, who is reportedly brain dead and on life support, before the charges came. In addition to murder, Figueroa and her daughter are charged with aggravated battery of a child. Figueroa's boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, 40, is also charged with concealment of a homicide. (More on the case here.)

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