The infant boy of a teen mom who was cut from his mother’s womb just moments after she was murdered last month in Illinois has opened his eyes, CNN reports.
The baby, who remains in a Chicago-area hospital where he is listed in “grave condition,” was photographed with his father, Yovany Lopez, on Sunday. In the image, the baby boy, attached to several tubes, is sleeping in the arms of his father, who is seen smiling after weeks of tragedy and uncertainty.
“We were just praying and praying and he opened his eyes, and his dad said, ‘Oh my God, he opened his eyes!'” Cecilia Garcia, a student pastor who is helping the family during the horrific moment, told the news outlet. “We’ve been blessed, although this is a really bad tragedy, they’re such a loving and humble family and it’s just so wrong what happened to them.”
The infant’s mother, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, disappeared on April 23, at nine months pregnant. She was lured to a Chicago woman’s home who had offered her free baby clothes on Facebook. More than three weeks later, her dead body was found in a garbage can in the backyard of the home.
“We believe that she was murdered, and we believe that the baby was forcibly removed following that murder,” Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago police spokesman, said soon after her body was found.
The death was ruled a homicide by strangulation.
Mother-and-daughter Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and Desiree Figueroa, 24, were both arrested and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery of a child under 13 in the attack on Ochoa-Lopez.
Officials believe the suspects wanted to “raise the child as their own” after Clarisa Figueroa faked being pregnant.
On April 23, the last day Ochoa-Lopez was seen, the mother and daughter called 911 alleging that she had a home birth and the infant was struggling to breathe.
“I felt like I was watching a scary movie when I heard about this. It was really bad,” Garcia said.
Due to the infant’s lack of oxygen when he was removed from his mother’s womb, the child has been forced to stay on life support. Relatives and community members have come together, many of them praying for the baby’s survival. They feel hopeful knowing that the baby has recently opened his eyes for the first time.
“She’s (Marlen) evoked the whole nation of people, pouring their love out for this family. He’s (Yovany Lopez) a single dad now, and we’re praying this baby makes it.”
Progressive Democrats like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders have been calling for an impeachment inquiry since news of Russian interference broke. As that investigation has developed, Congress has become concerned that the executive branch is ignoring its subpoenas, arguing that it effectively eliminates congressional oversight. Trump’s consistent resistance to congressional investigations has prompted a growing number of House Judiciary Committee members to agree that Congress should launch an impeachment inquiry.
As social media continues to be an effective avenue to communicate with legislators, folks have been taking to Twitter to add their voice to a growing quell of support for an impeachment inquiry.
An impeachment inquiry is not the same thing as impeachment as we know it.
The Trump administration has ignored all Congressional subpoena requests. By invoking an impeachment inquiry, Congress would legally strengthen their asks. The purpose of an inquiry is to gather more information to discover whether a president is indeed threatening American democracy or perhaps not.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes not to impeach would weaken the Constitution.
If the House of Representatives doesn’t vote on impeachment, AOC argues that it would be in violation of their oath to uphold the Constitution and preserve the rule of law.
Yes, even if the GOP-controlled Senate blocks the inquiry.
The reason talks of impeachment have floated without any action for so long is because some members of the House believe that to do so without knowing they have GOP support in the Senate would look like bad politics. Freshman Congresswoman AOC has that oath fresh in her memory and is trying to keep politics out of it. AOC argues it’s the House’s duty.
She argues that the unwillingness to impeach, with so much public support, is damaging the public’s trust in democracy.
The politics involved are substantial. When the GOP impeached Clinton, the following 1998 midterms were catastrophic for the party. It is really important that our elected leaders take the calls for an impeachment inquiry very carefully.
For those of us who aren’t entrenched in the swamp, the whole situation begs the question.
What is going on here? The President has gone so far as to reach out to censor witnesses, who are no longer employed by the government, from testifying on public documents.
Speaker Pelosi is not on board with an impeachment inquiry just yet.
Trump’s public approval rating is at an all-time high for the president at 42 percent. Still, Pelosi only wants to follow through on proceedings if something so immoral happens that most Republicans would get on board.
The latest shoe to drop was when POTUS blocked former Counsel Don McGahn from testifying to Congress Tuesday.
McGahn is a key witness given that he’s the most-cited witness in Mueller’s investigation report. He also testified to Mueller witness accounts of Trump’s interference with the probe.
The #ImpeachmentInquiryNow hashtag is officially trending after McGhan defied his subpoena.
#TrumpObstructedJustice also trended for a long time showing the overwhelming frustration with the current administration. There has been a lot of news about the administration’s willingness to work outside of the proper realms, yet they seem to skate by unfazed.
Texas Representative Joaquin Castro spoke out on Twitter, agreeing that impeachment may be the only option left.
No one is calling for an impeachment. That needs to be made clear. U.S. citizens are calling for the Congress to do their job and open an inquiry into whether or not the president committed impeachable offenses. One would think that someone with nothing to fear would be fine with an inquiry.
Ultimately, citizens are calling for truth.
What Americans are witnessing is a block to some truth. Many believe that Trump is making himself look guilty by blocking this information to Congress.
Some citizens are calling on our representatives to impeach.
Right now, that means Democrats are looking at Speaker Pelosi to begin proceedings. According to Vox, Pelosi told reporters that impeachment is becoming a growing option.
When they are saying unless you have a legislative purpose, you cannot ask any questions [and] you cannot investigate — one of the purposes the Constitution spells out for investigation is impeachment,” Pelosi told Vox. “So you can say, and the courts would respect if you said, ‘We need this information to carry out our oversight responsibilities, and among them is impeachment.’
No inquiry has been submitted yet, but America is watching.
Some Democrats believe they can simply jail or fine administration officials who deny subpoenas with contempt of court. Representative Bill Pascrell told Vox, “We don’t need impeachment. The authority and powers of the Article 1 branch are very clear; they’re laid out. And the penalties are laid out as well. So I say invoke the penalties, you gotta put the heat on these boys. We have the law on our side.”