Ever since this bizarre story began unfolding, the world has become completely obsessed with trying to figure out how in the world something like this could ever have happened.
Now, the suspects in the case have appeared in court and the revealing testimony sheds some light on the series of events that led to the grisly murder and theft of an unborn baby from his mother’s womb.
A 45-year-old Chicago woman stands accused of faking a pregnancy, luring Marlen Ochoa-Lopez to her home on April 23rd, with the phony promise of baby clothes for Lopez’ soon-to-be-born son.
Instead, Clarisa Figueroa enlisted the aid of her 24-year-old daughter Desiree to strangle the 19-year-old pregnant woman with a cable, and then brutally cut the baby out of Lopez’ womb with a butcher knife.
Prosecutors laid out their theory of what happened. They allege that when the elder Figueroa was strangling Lopez, she screamed at her daughter for not helping.
"You're not doing your f---ing job!" she told Desiree, prosecutors said, according to the Trib.
“The daughter then pried Ochoa-Lopez's fingers from the cord ‘one by one,’ allowing her mother to choke the life out of their victim.
“The baby suffered brain damage and is not expected to survive, police said.” Yavani Yadiel Lopez remains on life support and is being cared for by his father, Yiovanni Lopez, and other family members. They are holding out hope for a miracle.
It was learned in court on Tuesday, that it is believed that the elder Figueroa had faked a pregnancy of her own and needed an infant in order to continue her hoax.
Authorities say that “the plot may have originated in late 2018, when Clarisa Figueroa told her family she was pregnant and later posted on Facebook an ultrasound and photos of a room decorated for a baby."
Prosecutor Jim Murphy said “Desiree Figueroa was surprised because her mother had previously had her fallopian tubes tied to prevent pregnancy.
“Prosecutors highlighted that Clarisa Figueroa made the announcement about being pregnant not long after her 20-year-old son died of natural causes.”
There has been speculation that she was looking to use the baby to help deal with the loss of her only son.
According to the Chicago Tribune, “Ochoa-Lopez’s decaying body was found in a garbage can outside the Figueroa home Tuesday with the coaxial cables used to strangle her still around her neck.
“Police and prosecutors said the younger Figueroa gave ‘a full video-recorded confession’ to assisting her mother in strangling Ochoa-Lopez.”