(ABC) The baby of murdered pregnant Chicago woman Marlen Ochoa-Lopez died Friday morning, a spokesman for the family said.
The baby’s 19-year-old mother was lured to a home on the Southwest Side, where police said she was killed and had her baby taken from her womb on April 23. The baby, Yovanny, had been hospitalized in intensive care before dying Friday.
In a statement, the spokesperson said, “It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of baby Yovanny Jadiel Lopez. He passed away this morning Friday June 14, 2019 from his severe brain injury…Please keep his family in your thoughts & prayers as they go through this difficult time.”
Friday afternoon, the attorney representing Ochoa-Lopez’s family, Frank Avila, addressed media regarding the infants death outside of Christ Medical Center.
“The baby was murdered and we demand justice. The baby did die of natural causes, of course, but natural causes that were inflicted by the brain injured cause from the asphyxiation of his mother. That was a murder and murder charges should be brought,” Avila said.
Avila also addressed concerns regarding the GoFundMe account created to help the family with medical and funeral expenses. He said Facebook and GoFundMe have frozen the accounts at this time and the family is asking for the companies to release the fund.
The family has not been able to pay for Ochoa-Lopez funeral and are concerned moving forward with Yovanny’s services.
Ochoa Lopez’s family has been by her baby’s side for weeks praying for his recovery. The baby initially couldn’t breathe or eat on his own.
Avila said the family intends to bury Yovanny with his mother.
Three people have been charged in Marlen Ochoa Lopez’s death. Prosecutors said Clarisa Figueroa lured 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez to her home with the promise of free baby clothes, then allegedly killed the young woman with the help of her daughter Desiree.
Police said Clarisa Figueroa showed up to the hospital with the infant after she killed Ochoa-Lopez and removed the child from the womb.
According to the Department of Children and Family Services, the hospital contacted the agency on May 9, more than two weeks after Figueroa first checked into the hospital.
Three weeks after Marlen’s disappearance, police said her remains were found in the Southwest Side home where police said she was murdered.
Clarisa Figueroa and Desiree Figueroa have been charged with first-degree murder. Clarisa’s boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, has been charged with concealing a homicide. Avila is requesting no protective custody for the three involved in Ochoa-Lopez and her baby’s death.
Friday morning, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office released a statement saying, “The State’s Attorney’s Office will make a determination on additional charges in this case after the medical examiner’s office and police department have completed their investigations.”
Avid said lawsuits are in the works but would not elaborate at this time.
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