A Chicago woman has been charged with murder after allegedly strangling a pregnant teenager and cutting the baby from her womb.
Clarisa Figueroa, 46, had previously sold baby clothes to 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, and lured her back to her house with an offer of more clothing, investigators said.
They added that Figueroa apparently wanted to raise another child two years after her adult son died of natural causes.
“Words cannot express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters at a news conference to announce murder charges against Figueroa and her 24-year-old daughter, Desiree Figueroa.
The mother’s boyfriend, 40-year-old Piotr Bobak, was charged with concealment of a homicide.
The charges come three weeks after Ms Ochoa-Lopez disappeared and a day after her body was discovered in a bin in the back yard of Figueroa’s home on the city’s Southwest Side, about four miles from her own home.
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. When she arrived, police said, she was strangled with a cord and the baby cut from her body.
A few hours later, Figueroa frantically called 911, claiming that her newborn baby was not breathing.
When first responders arrived, the boy was blue. They tried to resuscitate him and took him to hospital, where police said he remained in grave condition and was not expected to survive.