A Chicago mother and daughter accused of murdering a pregnant woman and cutting the baby from her womb may have wanted to "raise the child as their own", the police superintendent speculated Thursday as charges in the case were announced.
Now, as the family prepares to bury the 19-year-old -whose baby was cut from her after she was strangled - her parents want to fulfill her wish.
About 12.10am on Wednesday (May 15), the medical examiner's office was notified of a body that had been found. The child that Figueroa said was hers was rushed to an area hospital where he remains in grave condition and is not expected to survive.
At around 6 p.m. on the same day that Ochoa-Lopez failed to pick up her son from day care, paramedics from the Chicago Fire Department were dispatched to the same southwest Chicago home where her body was found weeks later.
Charges are pending against three people whom detectives have been questioning, police spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli said.
Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was found strangled behind a house where she is alleged to have been lured to collect free baby clothes on 23 April.
Garcia said the same day Ochoa went to the house on 77th Place, someone called 911 to report a 46-year-old woman had given birth.
He did and the family hired a private investigator, who Cortes said helped find Ochoa-Lopez's auto near the home where her body was found. He added that the baby is now in hospital in critical condition. Family members of the victim have said the infant is on life support and shows no sign of brain function.
Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter, Desiree, 24, were both charged with first-degree murder.
The death of Ochoa-Uriostegui, also known as Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, was ruled as homicide by strangulation.
In 2017 the mother's 27-year-old son died from natural causes, police said.
According to police, the young woman drove from her high school to Figueroa's home in response to an offer of free clothes that Figueroa had posted on Facebook.
Ochoa-Lopez's family has been looking for her since her disappearance, organizing search parties, holding news conferences and pushing police for updates on the investigation.
"We lived together for four years and now I see her with her eyes closed", Yovany Lopez, standing outside the morgue in tears, told CNN affiliate WGBO. Her daughter had extra baby clothes that had never been worn, she claimed, explaining, "She was lucky to have two baby showers so she just loves to spread the wealth". Piotr Bobak, Clarisa Figueroa's boyfriend, has been charged with one felony count of concealing the death of a person and one felony count of concealing a homicidal death.
Police say that woman was Figeroa. The baby, however, was not Ochoa-Uriostegui's.
"I can't even pretend to imagine what that family is going through right now".
On May 8, more than two weeks after the ambulance call, Ms Ochoa-Lopez's black Honda Civic was found abandoned in the 7700 block of South Keeler Avenue, a few blocks from where her body was discovered. "She was a very resourceful person, obviously, she was negotiating things for her birth, her newborn baby".
Cortes, the pastor, said Ochoa-Lopez's husband tried to immediately report her missing to the police, but was told to come back in 72 hours.