Woman Who Cut Baby Out of Mom's Womb Sentenced

Both the young mom and the infant died in horrific Chicago crime
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 17, 2024 12:30 AM CDT
Woman Who Cut Baby Out of Teen's Womb Sentenced
This booking photo provided by the Chicago Police Department on May 16, 2019, shows Clarisa Figueroa, who is charged in the death of 19-year-old expectant mother Marlen Ochoa-Lopez.   (Chicago Police Department via AP, File)

A Chicago woman accused of luring a pregnant teenager to her home and cutting her baby from her womb with a butcher knife nearly five years ago pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday and was sentenced to 50 years in prison, the AP reports. Clarisa Figueroa, 51, seated in a wheelchair and wearing a bright yellow jumpsuit, did not provide a statement but answered "Yes" when Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas asked her if she understood she would need to serve the entire sentence and would not receive early release on parole, news outlets reported.

Authorities say not long after Clarisa Figueroa's adult son died of natural causes, she told her family she was pregnant. They say she plotted for months to acquire a newborn, and that she posted an ultrasound and photos of a room decorated for a baby on her Facebook page. In March 2019, she and 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez connected on a Facebook page for pregnant women. Prosecutors have said Figueroa strangled Ochoa-Lopez with a cable on April 23, 2019, after luring the teenager to her home with the promise of free clothing for her unborn child. Ochoa-Lopez was nine months pregnant. Figueroa then called 911, saying she given birth and the child was not breathing. The child died about two months later.

Yovanny Lopez, the victim's husband and the father of the child, Yovanny Jadiel Lopez, described how the tragedy affected him and the couple's older child, Joshua., who he said "has lost his mother forever." "The memory of my infant son's last breath in my arms is complete agony," he said in a statement read in Spanish and English in the courtroom. "God's justice will be served upon you the day you die." Figueroa tricked her boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, into believing he was the father of the infant, police and prosecutors said. Bobak cleaned up the crime scene and was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty last year to obstruction of justice. Figueroa's daughter, 29, pleaded guilty to murder in January for helping her mother and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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