Family Of Slain Chicago Teen Whose Son Was Ripped From Her Womb Is Raising Funds For Newborn’s Medical Bills — Here’s How You Can Help
The husband of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, the pregnant teen who was murdered before her infant son was cut from her womb, has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for their surviving baby’s medical care.
“I am very grateful to the entire community that was in the search of the death of my wife. I am grateful for the help that is being provided. With all my heart I keep asking for your help,” Yovani Lopez, who shares another child with the late Ochoa-Lopez, said on the crowdfunding page.
The campaign goal is $50,000, and three days after creating it, the family has raised $38,750.
“This will help that you will be giving me the future of my children. Thank you, My children will forever be grateful,” he wrote.
Lopez’s infant boy remains in grave condition at a local Chicago hospital after losing oxygen when he was forcefully taken out of his dead mother’s womb on April 23.
“The baby does have some brain activity, and he has recently — I think it was not last night but the night before, when his dad and his little brother was with him — he started to open his eyes,” says Emma Lozano, a spokesperson for the family.
Ochoa-Lopez, who was nine months pregnant, was lured to the house of Clarisa Figueroa with the promise of free baby items after the two connected on Facebook. When the 19-year-old mom, who was due on May 5, arrived, Figueroa strangled the teen with a coaxial cable.
People reports that Figueroa, 46, wanted a baby after losing her adult son to natural causes recently. For months, she had been faking her own pregnancy, posting ultrasound photos online. After first connecting with Ochoa-Lopez on April 1, she told her daughter, 24-year-old Desiree Figueroa, that she needed her help to kill the pregnant teen.
Authorities charged the mother and daughter with first-degree murder and aggravated battery of a child under 13 in the attack on Ochoa-Lopez.
As Lopez deals with the tragedy that resulted in the death of his wife and children’s mother, he is also forced to care for their first son and their critical newborn alone.
“Pray as my son Yovanny Jadiel recovers. Thank you very much for the prayers and support that you have given me. I have no more words of thanks,” he wrote on the GoFundMe.
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