CHICAGO — The baby of slain pregnant woman Marlen Ochoa Uriostegui Lopez has died after weeks on life support.
The baby, Yovanny Jadiel Lopez, died early Friday from a severe brain injury, according to Julie Contreras, a spokeswoman for Lopez’s family. His funeral will be closed to the public.
“Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time,” Contreras said in a statement.
Lopez’s mother was slain April 23 in an incident that shocked people around the world. The 19-year-old was lured to a home in Scottsdale where her killers strangled her and cut the baby from her womb, prosecutors said. Her body was then hidden in a trash can. She was reported missing and no one knew where she was for weeks.
Clarisa Figueroa; her daughter, Desiree Figueroa; and Clarisa Figueroa’s boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, have been charged with various crimes in Ochoa Uriostegui Lopez’s killing.
After, Clarisa Figueroa called 911 claiming she had given birth at home, prosecutors said.
The woman and baby were rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where the baby had no brain activity.
Though Figureoa was examined and showed no signs of having given birth, it wasn’t until later that investigators used DNA tests to show Figueroa and Bobak weren’t the parents of the baby.
Instead, the tests showed Ochoa Uriostegui Lopez and her husband, Yovani Lopez, were the infant’s parents. An investigation revealed the Figueroas and Bobak had killed Ochoa Uriostegui Lopez, stolen the child from her womb so they could raise it as their own and tried to hide her body in a garbage can at the home, prosecutors said.
Once the Lopez family was reunited the baby, they named him Yovanny Jadiel. But his father said they needed a “miracle” to save him.
“He’s in a coma and the doctors said … the manner in which he was taken out of her body left him with brain damage,” Yovani Lopez said in mid-May after the Figueroas and Bobak were charged in his wife’s slaying.
Earlier this week, Contreras said the family was waiting for the defendants to be charged with more crimes for what was done to baby Yovanny Lopez.
The family was part of a silent march that walked from Ochoa Uriostegui Lopez’s high school to courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue. Contreras carried a cross bearing the word “justice” in English and Spanish and a picture of baby Yovanny.
“Justice for baby Yovanny Lopez,” text on the sign read. Hand-written underneath it said, “And for his mommy Marlen.”
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