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Baby cut from murdered mother's womb dies weeks later

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Posted at 5:27 AM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 08:27:12-04

The baby of a 19-year-old woman who was murdered in Chicago has died, family says.

According to ABC7 in Chicago, a family spokesperson said the child died Friday from complications of a severe brain injury. The baby was cut from his mother’s womb and his mother was killed.

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Officials said the murder had been planned for weeks.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, strangled 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez at Figueroa's Chicago home last month, then removed the teen's baby from her body and pretended it was hers, authorities say.

Figueroa and her daughter, Desiree Figueroa -- who police say helped in the strangulation -- were arrested after investigators found the teen's body in a trash can in Figueroa's yard.

Police have said Ochoa-Lopez, a high school student, went to Figueroa's home at least twice this year after connecting on a Facebook group for mothers, where the teen accepted Figueroa's offer of baby items.