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The Chicago Baby Ripped From His Mother’s Womb Has Lost His Battle To Survive And This Heartbreaking Story Just Hit Rock Bottom

So many were rooting for little Yovanny and his father, Yovani Lopez.

The infant, whose life started with tragedy, drew national attention after news of his mother’s horrific death made headlines. Yovanny and his mother became victims of fetal-abduction in early April of this year when his mother was lured to a house to collect free baby clothes and was ultimately strangled to death. Still, images of the father and son, with papa holding little Yovanny in his arms as the baby opened his eyes for the very first time gave those following their story hope.

Unfortunately. this heartbreaking situation has become even more tragic as it’s confirmed that the little boy has lost his fight to survive.

The devastating update comes nearly two months after his mother was found murdered.

The two-month-old infant who was cut from the womb of his mother, murder victim Marlen Ochoa-Lopez in Chicago, has died.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of baby Yovanny Jadiel Lopez,” family spokeswoman Julie Contreras said in a statement published by NBC Chicago. “He passed away this morning Friday, June 14, 2019, from his severe brain injury.” 

The baby boy’s father, Yovani, had been praying for his recovery and was hopeful that he would survive.

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Despite weeks of promising false starts, like when the baby opened his eyes, he never regained full brain function and was pronounced dead in the hospital on Friday.

The boy’s death is a devastating blow to a family who has already lost so much.

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Yovanny is survived by his father Yovani, who was Marlen’s husband. The little boy will be laid to rest at a private funeral at a later date. The boy had been on life support since being brought to Advocate Christ Medical Center by his mother’s alleged killer in April.

The boy’s mother was brutally murdered after chatting with her alleged murder about free baby clothes.

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Yovanny’s mother Marlen, 19, was brutally strangled before her stomach was cut open and Yovanny was snatched from her womb.

Marlen’s alleged killer Clarisa Figueroa, 46, is then said to have gone to the hospital with the baby and passed it off as her own, after dumping Marlen in a trash can around the side of her house.

Figueroa, whose adult son died in 2017, reportedly tricked Marlen into coming to her house after offering her free clothes for her unborn baby on a local Facebook forum.

After snatching the baby and going to the hospital, she even set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for ‘her’ infant’s hospital care, it is alleged.

The baby’s death comes just days after police announced murder charges against Clarisa and Desiree Figueroa.

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Figueroa and daughter Desiree, 24, were formally charged with Marlen’s first-degree murder earlier this week.

Police have yet to say whether they will now face further charges over baby Yovanny’s death.

Clarisa Figueroa’s boyfriend Piotr Bobak is charged with concealing Marlen’s murder. The teen’s body was not found for three weeks after she disappeared. Hospital staff faced questions about why they did not alert police over Figueroa’s admission, with medics saying there were no signs she had given birth to Yovanny.

Reactions on Twitter have been filled with shock, heartbreak, and anger.

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Many pointed out how they had been glued to the news of this case since it first broke. And the death of the little boy was the last thing they had expected.

Many had the father in their thoughts and prayers.

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Other’s sent all their sympathy, prayers, and thoughts to the father, who has lost his entire world. First, his wife was brutally murdered and now his son passes away in his arms after months battling for his life. Truly heartbreaking.

While others could only find comfort knowing that perhaps the baby and his mama are finally together.

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This is a heartbreaking story that touched the hearts of people everywhere.

All of us are sending our thoughts to little Yovanny’s surviving family so that they have the strength to power through this tragedy.

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This Chicago Man Used His Wrongful Conviction Settlement Money to Open a Barber College With His Former Prison Guard

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This Chicago Man Used His Wrongful Conviction Settlement Money to Open a Barber College With His Former Prison Guard

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Some people are dealt a tough hand in life and, for whatever reason, aren’t able to cope with it. They might spiral into bad lifestyles choices or other unhelpful coping mechanisms. However, other people are able to rise above adversity. Like Juan Rivera, a man who spent 20 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit.

After he was wrongly convicted of murder, 48-year-old Juan Rivera used his settlement money to open up a barber college with his former prison guard.

Juan Rivera went to jail for the rape and murder of 11-year-old Holly Staker in 1992. Chicago police used unlawful psychological mind games over the course of a four-day interrogation to coerce Rivera to admitting to the crime. The Chicago police also destroyed DNA evidence and lied to the prosecution team. Juan Rivera spent 20 years in Stateville Correctional Center.

While he was in prison, Juan Rivera became friends with prison guard and barbershop coordinator, Bobby Mattison. Mattison knew that some prisoners just needed the right opportunities to make better life choices. After a lot of hard work, Mattison opened up the first licensed barber college in a maximum security prison. Rivera was one of his students.

“We lock them up well, but what do we do to help them get back on their feet?” Mattison told Block Club Chicago. “I see these guys coming in and out. I knew I wanted to do something to help them.

It was through Mattison that Rivera began to change his attitude and outlook on life. When Rivera left prison, the city of Chicago awarded him $20 million in a wrongful conviction suit. Rivera knew exactly what he was going to do with the settlement money: give back to his community.

Together, Rivera and Mattison founded Legacy Barber College. Legacy Barber College recruits students from inner-city Chicago who are in danger of getting caught up in a life of crime. The barber college partners with high schools, community colleges, and career day fairs to show kids that “they can find a good career even if college isn’t an option.”

“This started, believe it or not, in prison,” Juan Rivera said. “I saw a need. We want to help the less fortunate. Because once they get out, they usually have nothing to fall back on.”

Legacy Barber College’s 32 current enrollees are also college or high school students. At the school, students can earn their barber’s license, but they also learn “financial literacy, customer service and running a business.”

But Legacy Barber College’s services aren’t limited to teaching. They also, naturally, give haircuts. “We want the community to know it’s theirs, not mine,” Juan Rivera said. “We want people to feel welcome and comfortable taking their kids and family here.”

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3 Sites That Have Super-Fast Shipping For Your Last-Minute Mother’s Day Buys

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3 Sites That Have Super-Fast Shipping For Your Last-Minute Mother’s Day Buys

Listen, we get it. These days are hectic, crazy and very nearly apocalyptic. Whether you’re juggling your work from home routine or dealing with your kids, finding the perfect Mother’s Day Gift might be harder this year than most.

When it comes to this, know that we’ve got your back and understand that procrastination happens. To help we put together the top three Mother’s Day gifts that’ll help you navigate fast-shipping.

Check them out below.

Etsy

Etsy now allows an option that will allow you to search results by delivery date ensuring one-of-a-kind options that will arrive just in time for Mother’s Day. From handmade sweaters, specialty baskets soaps, candles, and embroidered pillows you’ll be able to find it all.

Amazon.com

No doubt for the extreme procrastinator Amazon guarantees on-time shipping for just about everyone. While Prime members are more likely to strike shipping gold with orders from the site, shoppers who’ve yet to subscribe to the premiere membership will likely not be disappointed in last-minute shipping fees.

Start off with Amazon Handmade and their Mother’s Day gift guide.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom now offers all sorts of quick delivery options. From their expedited shipping and pick-up in store to curbside pickup, the big box retailer options all sorts of Mother’s Day goods for the last-minute shopper!

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