Women accused in cut-from-womb case charged in baby’s death

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FILE – This combination of booking photos provided by the Chicago Police Department on Thursday, May 16, 2019 shows Clarisa Figueroa, 46; and Desiree Figueroa, 24. (Chicago Police Department via AP, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — A mother and daughter accused of cutting the baby from a Chicago woman’s womb are now also charged with murder in the baby’s death.

Cook County prosecutors announced in a Thursday email the latest charge against 46-year-old Clarisa Figueroa and 26-year-old Desire Figueroa. A court hearing is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

The women were already charged with first-degree murder in the April killing of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, whose body was discovered days after Clarisa Figueroa went to a hospital with the gravely ill newborn, claiming it was hers. Authorities say the two women strangled Ochoa-Lopez and then cut the baby boy from her womb.

When the brain-damaged infant died in June, police said they expected to bring additional murder charges against the defendants.

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