Police said a DNA test later confirmed the infant was the child of Ochoa-Lopez and her husband. Authorities believe the boy was cut out of his mother’s womb after the Figueroas strangled her to death.
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Authorities have charged both Figueroas with one count each of first-degree murder and aggravated battery to a child. Bobak was arrested on one count of concealment of a homicide.
Cook County prosecutors laid out the case against the trio Friday in a court hearing.
Prosecutors said Ochoa-Lopez was strangled while she was shown a photo album of Clarisa Figueroa's late son, who was an adult when he died two years earlier of natural causes, the AP reported.
Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said Ochoa-Lopez managed to get her fingers under the cord around her neck and that the woman strangling her, identified as Clarisa Figueroa, then yelled at her daughter, “You’re not doing your (expletive) job!”
The younger Figueroa then pried Ochoa-Lopez’s fingers from the cord while her mother continued to strangle the taeen, Murphy said.
“Words cannot express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are,” police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Thursday at a news conference announcing the arrests.
Police said the elder Figueroa met Ochoa-Lopez through a Facebook group geared toward young mothers. The Chicago Sun-Times reported the expectant mother bought baby clothes once earlier from Clarisa Figueroa and that they agreed to meet again on the afternoon of April 23 for another exchange. Ochoa-Lopez was last seen leaving Latino Youth High School on April 23, according to The Chicago Tribune.
Ochoa-Lopez’s husband reported her missing the next day. Police didn’t connect the 911 call to the young mother’s death until after May 7, when a friend tipped investigators off to her Facebook activity.
Authorities said they found Desiree Figueroa when they went to visit the home where Clarisa Figueroa and Ochoa-Lopez had planned to meet. The younger woman told police her mother was at the hospital with a leg injury before adding that she had recently delivered a baby. Police said Thursday that they immediately became suspicious.
“She told an extremely odd story,” Brandan Deenihan, deputy chief of detectives, said Thursday.
A search of the neighborhood led police to find Ochoa-Lopez’s abandoned car, which was parked nearby and had several parking tickets on it.
They obtained a search warrant for the house and inside found cleaning supplies and blood, according to authorities. Behind the home, investigators found Ochoa-Lopez’s body in a trashcan that also contained the coaxial cable used to strangle her, police said.
Police said it was not entirely clear why the Figueroas killed Ochoa-Lopez.
“We an only assume (they meant to) raise the child as their own,” Johnson said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.