2 Chicago women plead not guilty in death of baby cut from womb
In this file image, Yovani Lopez, left, father of Yovanny Jadiel Lopez and husband of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, holds a placard during a news conference at the Leighton Criminal Court building in Chicago, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, August 19, 2019 9:14PM EDT
WARNING: This story has disturbing details.
CHICAGO -- Two Chicago women charged with killing a 19-year-old have pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the death of the victim's child.
Yovanny Jadiel Lopez died weeks after prosecutors say 49-year-old Clarisa Figueroa and her daughter, 24-year-old Desiree, cut the child from her mother's womb. They entered not-guilty pleas Monday in Cook County.
The women previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the death of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez.
They stand accused of luring Ochoa-Lopez to Clarisa Figueroa's home by offering to give her baby clothes, then strangling her and cutting the baby from her womb. Clarisa Figueroa then went to a hospital with the newborn, claiming the boy as her own.
Advocate Christ Medical Center was investigated for its handling of the incident and cleared by state officials.