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Officials: Death of baby cut from mother's womb ruled a homicide

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CHICAGO -- The death of Yovanny Jadiel Lopez, who lived seven weeks after he was cut from his mother's womb, was ruled a homicide, officials said.

An autopsy Saturday revealed the baby died from lack of oxygen and blood to his brain, and a prolapse of the umbilical cord and placenta, due to a maternal assault and demise, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Yovanny's mother was lured to a home on Chicago's Southwest Side where she was strangled and her baby was cut from her womb, officials said earlier.

Yovanny was placed on life support at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, but he was pronounced dead Friday at 5:08 a.m., according to the medical examiner's office.

The family was told earlier Jovanny suffered severe brain damage from a lack of oxygen. Prosecutors said his mother was nine months pregnant when Clarisa Figueroa, 46, sat on top of her and strangled her with a cable.

Marlen Ochoa-Lopez's body was found in a garbage can outside Figueroa's house May 14 with the cable still around her neck, officials said.


Indictments had been announced against Figueroa, 46; her daughter Desiree, 24; and Figueroa's boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, 40.

It was not clear Saturday if additional charges would be sought after the medical examiner's office ruled Yovanny's death a homicide.

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