CHICAGO — The baby of slain Chicago teen Marlen Ochoa-Lopez died Friday after weeks of being on life support.
Baby Yovanny Jadiel Lopez passed away Friday morning, according to a statement from family spokeswoman Julie Contreras. He was in intensive care for 53 days with severe brain damage since arriving to Christ Hospital.
“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of baby Yovanny Jadiel Lopez,” the statement reads. “He passed away this Friday June 14, 2019 from his severe brain injury.”
Ochoa-Lopez was nine months pregnant when she was lured to a South Side home in April and murdered. Her son Yovanny was cut from her womb.
Prosecutors said Clarisa Figueroa called 911 the day Ochoa-Lopez disappeared. They said Figueroa reported she’d just had a baby who wasn’t breathing. The baby was taken to Christ Hospital, and Ochoa-Lopez’s family alleges the staff had suspicions the child did not belong to Figueroa, yet did nothing.
Clarissa Figueroa and her daughter Desiree Figueroa were formally charged Wednesday with first-degree murder for killing the 19-year-old pregnant mother. Figueroa’s boyfriend Piotr Bobak was charged with covering up the death.
Frank Avila, the attorney for Ochoa-Lopez’s husband Yovani Lopez, called for the Cook County State’s Attorney to bring more charges against the three for causing severe brain damage to Baby Yovanny, who doctors said was deprived of oxygen when his mother was strangled.
The Cook County State’s Attorney Office released the following statement:
“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.”
The baby’s funeral will be a private event for family only. The family is still working on arrangements and their attorney is working with GoFundMe to get some of the money people have raised for them in order to pay for the child’s funeral.