Woman pleads guilty in case of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, whose baby was cut from womb

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Monday, January 8, 2024
Woman pleads guilty in Chicago case involving baby cut from womb
Desiree Figueroa pleaded guilty Monday to Marlen Ochoa-Lopez's murder in Chicago's Scottsdale neighborhood.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- One of the women charged in the murder of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez has pleaded guilty.

Ochoa-Lopez was 19 when she was killed in 2019, and her unborn baby was cut from her womb in a home in Chicago's Scottsdale neighborhood.

A mother and daughter who allegedly wanted the child for themselves were charged in the case.

Desiree Figueroa pleaded guilty to murder in a Cook County courtroom Monday morning.

Her mother, Clarissa Figueroa, is expected at a hearing Tuesday.

Clarissa Figueroa's boyfriend was released on parole last year after pleading guilty to helping conceal the murder.

Ochoa-Lopez's baby survived for only a few months.

During a four-year anniversary vigil in April, Ochoa-Lopez's family said life will never be the same.

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