Disturbing photo shows smiling ‘womb raider’, 46, playing the doting mom with baby she ripped from a pregnant teen – despite the hospital knowing the gravely ill child was NOT hers
- Photo shows Clarisa Figueroa smiling and posing with baby Yavani Yadiel Lopez
- Figueroa allegedly cut Yavani from womb of his pregnant mom Marlen Ochoa
- Police said Ochoa, 19, was strangled and baby was taken from womb on April 23
- On the same day Figueroa entered the hospital covered in blood with the baby
- It’s unclear when exactly the hospital photo of Figueroa and Yavani was taken
- Chicago police arrested Figueroa and two others connection with Ochoa’s death
- Figueroa and her daughter Desiree have been charged with first degree murder
- Piotr Bobak, 40, Figueroa’s boyfriend, is charged with concealing the murder
A shocking photo shows a woman smiling and posing with a baby she allegedly ripped from the womb of his pregnant mother.
Clarisa Figueroa, 46, is seen in the photo leaning over Yavani Yadiel Lopez at the Advocate Christ Medical Center after the baby boy was cut from the womb of his mother Marlen Ochoa.
It’s unclear when exactly the photo was taken and it is the first known photo of Figueroa in the hospital with Yavani, according to CBS.
Last week, Chicago police arrested Figueroa and two other people in connection with the April 23 murder of Ochoa, 19, whose unborn baby was taken from her womb after her death.
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Clarisa Figueroa (pictured), 46, is seen in the photo leaning over Yavani Yadiel Lopez, the baby boy she allegedly cut from his mother’s womb
Police said Ochoa (left and right) was lured to Figueroa’s home on April 23 with the promise of free baby supplies, but she was instead strangled, and her baby extracted from her womb
On that same day, Figueroa arrived by ambulance at the hospital with the baby boy (pictured as he’s being held by his father), according to police. She told doctors she had birthed him but showed no signs of labor
Police said Ochoa was lured to Figueroa’s home on April 23 with the promise of free baby supplies, but she was instead strangled, and her baby extracted from her womb.
Figueroa and her daughter Desiree, 24, have been charged with first degree murder.
Piotr Bobak, 40, whom police described as the elder Figueroa’s boyfriend, was charged with concealing the murder.
At a news conference, Chicago police chief Eddie Johnson called the crime ‘disgusting and thoroughly disturbing’.
‘I can’t even pretend to imagine what that family is going through right now. They should be celebrating the birth of a young baby. Instead, they’re mourning the loss of the mother and possibly that young child,’ Johnson said.
Police allegedly discovered Ochoa’s body hidden in a garbage can while serving a search warrant at Figueroa’s home last Tuesday night.
‘Apparently, Miss Ochoa had bought other baby items from Clarissa, so they knew each other,’ deputy chief Brendan Deenihan said.
On the day of Ochoa’s disappearance, Figueroa allegedly spoke with her through Facebook.
Police allegedly discovered Ochoa’s body hidden in a garbage can while serving a search warrant at Figueroa’s (left and right) home last Tuesday night
Figueroa and her daughter Desiree (left), 24, have been charged with first degree murder. Piotr Bobak (right), 40, whom police described as the elder Figueroa’s boyfriend, was charged with concealing the murder
The nine-months-pregnant teen went to Figueroa’s home expecting to gather some baby clothes and other donated items, police said.
Authorities allege Figueroa and her daughter Desiree strangled the expectant mother with a coaxial cable and extracted the baby.
Within four hours of when Ochoa was last spotted driving on a road by surveillance cameras, the elder Figueroa called emergency services claiming she had delivered a baby that was not breathing.
The child was immediately hospitalized at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Chicago, and was initially in serious condition.
On April 23, Figueroa arrived by ambulance at the hospital with the baby boy, according to police.
She told doctors she had birthed him but showed no signs of labor.
At the time, Figueroa was covered in blood when she arrived at the emergency room but police say it belonged to Ochoa.
For weeks, Figueroa pretended the baby was hers and even set up a GoFundMe page asking for donations to help care for him.
This is the home where the young mother’s body was found and where the baby was born. Paramedics went to the house on April 23 after Clarisa called 911 saying she had just given birth but they never went inside. Instead, she brought the baby out
Authorities are seen collecting evidence in the family’s yard. Ochoa’s body was found in the back yard
On May 7, police who had been looking for Ochoa were given a tip by her friends about her contact with the Figueroa family on Facebook.
They went to the house, spoke to Clarisa’s daughter Desiree and found Ochoa’s car nearby afterwards.
They then ordered a DNA test which, a week later, revealed that the boy was Ochoa’s baby.
Now, Christ Medical Center is facing criticism over how doctors and nurses did not think it was suspicious when Figueroa, who previously had her Fallopian tubes tied, appeared in front of them.
The agency that licenses and inspects health care facilities in Illinois has started an investigation into the hospital.
Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold’s comments about the investigation mark the first time that a state agency has confirmed it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the treatment of the baby.
Arnold would not comment further on the investigation or say when it would be completed other than to say typically the department’s investigations take a few days.
But last week, she said that if the department determines rules or regulations were violated, a facility would be required to correct the problem.
And she said that the ultimate penalty for a facility would be the revocation of its license.
Social media posts show that Figueroa and Bobak claimed to be the parents of a premature child born on April 23, which they had named Xander. Bobak posted this ultrasound as his cover photo. The photo was a match to one that is often used to fake ultrasounds
These screen grabs from social media show Figueroa began posting about a baby as early as February 5
In March, on her Facebook page, Figueroa posted a photo of the nursery in her home. It showed that a mural of a tree had been painted to surround ‘Xander’
The hospital’s handling the case has raised questions, particularly since the Chicago Police Department and the state’s Department of Children and Family Services both said last weekend that staff at the hospital did not alert them after determining that Figueroa had not just given birth to the gravely ill newborn.
Ochoa’s family has been critical of the hospital and a representative of the family said they met on Monday with hospital staff to ask that they be provided copies of protocols it follows when it receives a baby who was born at home.
Cecilia Garcia said on Tuesday that the hospital had not yet provided that information but the family hoped that it would during a second meeting that has yet to be scheduled.
The hospital has declined to say whether or when it contacted authorities when it learned that Figueroa was not the baby’s mother, citing state and federal regulations.
Arnold’s comments come a day after the Cook County Sheriff’s Department said it would ask the state’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) if the hospital violated the state’s Abuse and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
The sheriff’s department says if DCFS determines that such a failure would constitute a violation of the act, it would conduct its own investigation.
Police say that Figueroa’s natural-born adult son, Xavier, died in 2017 of natural causes.
Earlier this week, Yavani’s grieving father, Yovani, shared heartwarming photos with the DailyMail.com of himself cuddling his son
Ochoa will be buried on Wednesday. She and Yovani had been married since 2016
They also have a toddler son, Joshua. Yovani is now raising money to care for both boys on a GoFundMe account. He hopes to raise $25,000
Ochoa had chosen the name Yavani for her unborn son, which her husband honored when he finally got to meet his baby boy
Online fundraising appeals show that Figueroa and Bobak claimed to be the parents of a premature child born on April 23, which they had named Xander Xavier Bobak.
Social media posts revealed that the suspects had been posting online in recent months about the arrival of a baby boy, decorating a nursery and seeking out expectant mothers on Facebook.
Screen grabs from social media have revealed that she began posting about a baby as early as February 5.
She shared a photo on her page of a crib up against the wall that was decorated with letters spelling out the name ‘Xander’.
‘Baby Xander’s crib is set up now we’re just waiting for your arrival,’ she wrote in the caption.
Xander is the same name she would use when she created the GoFundMe for the baby in May.
Earlier this week, Yavani’s grieving father, Yovani, shared heartwarming photos with the DailyMail.com of himself cuddling his son.
Yavani is still in the hospital. He has zero brain function but his family says they are praying for a miracle and will not turn off his ventilator.
Surrounded by family members and supporters, Yiovani spoke outside the Cook County medical examiner’s office after identifying his wife’s body last Thursday. ‘It’s painful to lose your wife, the woman you love the most,’ he said. ‘It’s painful’
Arnulfo Ochoa, the father of the slain teen, was surrounded by family members and supporters, as he walked into the Cook County medical examiner’s office to identify his daughter’s body last week
On Sunday, he opened his eyes in his father’s arms.
‘We’re praying for a miracle,’ a family friend said as they shared the photographs.
Ochoa will be buried on Wednesday. She and Yovani had been married since 2016.
They also have a toddler son, Joshua.
Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, is shown carrying the baby. Her family said they are now determined to get justice for the teen
Yovani is now raising money to care for both boys on a GoFundMe account found here. He hopes to raise $25,000.
Lopez, who had lived with Ochoa for the last four years, said he was in a ‘lot of pain, a lot of anguish, a lot sadness’.
He said she dreamed of going to college and becoming a fashion designer.
‘It’s painful to lose your wife, the woman you love the most,’ he added. ‘It’s painful.’
‘Why did these bad people do this? She did nothing to them. She was a good person.’
‘Even though we found her without a life, at least we’re grateful that we found her,’ added Ochoa-Uriostegui’s father Arnulfo Ochoa.
Ochoa’s family said they are now determined to get justice for the teen.
‘We’re gonna have justice with those responsible,’ Lopez told Fox News 32.
‘We’re gonna go hard after them. We won’t let it go. They don’t know the pain they’ve caused. They don’t know.’
Figueroa, her daughter and her boyfriend are currently in custody and will return to court on June 3.
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