Police say 3 charged after missing pregnant woman strangled, baby cut from womb

Police say 3 charged after missing pregnant woman strangled, baby cut from womb

Three people have been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a pregnant teen who was discovered in a garbage can with a baby cut out of her womb. 

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree Figueroa, 24, have both been charged with the murder of Marlen Ochoa, according to CBS Chicago. Piotr Bobak, Clarisa Figueroa's boyfriend, was charged with concealment of a crime. 


The news station noted that Ochoa, 19, was killed after traveling to a Chicago home. Ochoa was visiting the home in response to a message about free baby clothes and a stroller on April 23. Figueroa and Ochoa had previously exchanged baby clothes, according to reports. 

Ochoa's body was found in a house in the Scottsdale neighborhood of Chicago about three weeks after she went missing. CBS Chicago, citing sources, noted that Ochoa was led to the basement before being strangled to death. 

The alleged offenders reportedly also cut her baby out of her womb.

"We believe that she was murdered, and we believe that the baby was forcibly removed following that murder," Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told CBS News.

A family spokesperson, Cecilia Garcia, said that the same day Ochoa arrived at the house, Figueroa called 911 to report a woman giving birth. 

A neighbor told CBS Chicago that Figueroa rushed out of her home the night of the incident holding a newborn with blood covering her shirt. The neighbor said she saw no blood on the woman's shorts. 

Figueroa reportedly claimed that she had just had a baby and that it wasn't breathing. A fire department spokesperson told CBS Chicago that a baby was taken from that address to the hospital on April 23. 

Garcia told the news network that the baby is on life support and has no brain activity.

Police were able to confirm through DNA tests that the baby was Ochoa's. Chicago police declined to comment on how the baby was removed from Ochoa out of respect to Ochoa's family.