Yovani Lopez was savagely ripped from the stomach of his mother, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, on April 23.
Now against all odds, the baby boy who lost his mom in the shocking Chicago “womb raider” attack has taken his first breath unaided.
Yovani Lopez is now six weeks old.
Prosecutors allege that 46-year-old Clarisa Figueroa lured 19-year-old Ochoa-Lopez to her home on the Southwest Side with the promise of free baby clothes.
She then allegedly strangled and killed Ochoa-Lopez with the help of her daughter Desiree. According to CNN, Figueroa and her daughter were charged with first-degree murder and battery of a child last week.
Clarisa Figueroa’s boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, 40, was charged with concealing the death of a person and concealing a homicidal death.
Figueroa was arrested on May 15, after a DNA test was performed on baby Yovani. Figueroa pretended to be Yovani’s mother, taking the dying infant to The Advocate Christ Medical Center.
He has since been reunited with his devoted father, Yovani Lopez Sr.
Little Yovani’s prospects of life were slim to none. But the heartbroken family refused to give up on the infant. Even when doctors revealed Yovani Jr was displaying zero brain function.
Speaking on Friday, the attorney for Lopez Sr told ABC Chicago: “It’s still a long way to go for the baby, but the baby is fighting and surviving.”
After murdering Ochoa-Lopez on April 23, Figueroa called 911 claiming she had given birth to the boy. But in reality, and her accomplices had stuffed Ochoa-Lopez’s body in a trash can in their yard.
After taking the baby to The Advocate Christ Medical Center, Figueroa was examined by an OB technician in the Labor and Delivery Section, according to prosecutors.
For the next several weeks, Figueroa pretended the baby was hers and even set up a GoFundMe account to pay for his care.
On May 7, Ochoa-Lopez’s desperate friends and family told police that the last people she contacted were the Figueroa family.
It was only then the awful truth began to unravel.