Yovany López, the husband of a pregnant young woman who was murdered in cold blood and had her baby ripped off her last month, gave an exclusive interview to Univision and showed anguish thinking that he could also lose his newborn son.
On May 15, Marlen Ochoa's body was found in a garbage dump southwest of Chicago. She died at the hands of Clarisa Figueroa, 40, and her daughter Desiree, 24, who cut Marlen’s baby from her uterus and claimed it was Clarisa’s child.
Marlen, 19, disappeared on April 23 after she went to Figueroa’s home to pick up some gifts for her unborn baby. However, her husband did not hear from her again.
In an interview with Univision, López expressed the fear of losing his baby, Yadiel.
The boy has been in the intensive care unit at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Chicago, for weeks. Lopez prays for a miracle to happen because he "could not take it anymore" if the baby dies too.
"Losing my son is something that my heart couldn’t handle. I pray to God a lot for that not to happen," he told the reporter.
Lopez admitted that being with his son makes him forget about the tragedy he is experiencing: "It takes away my sadness to see him, it makes me feel beautiful things because I love him, I call him 'my beautiful little thing.'”
Each sign of progress makes Yovany believe that everything will be fine and that God will allow him to see Yadiel grow. He said:
"All this time I've been seeing him, I’ve noticed an improvement, because I see that he moves a little his foot, his hands, his body, his little head… In fact, on Sunday, he opened his little eyes a little bit ... I feel God is going step by step. He’s going to make that miracle. "
Yovany Lopez prays for his son to recover. | Source: YouTube/Primer Impacto
Although the doctors have stated that there has been a slight improvement, they can not assure that Yadiel’s recovery will be complete.
Clarisa Figueroa attracted Marlen Ochoa through a Facebook post with the promise of giving her baby clothes for her son. Then, with the help of her daughter, she strangled Marlen in the living room of her house, while the pregnant woman looked at an album of photographs.
Next, the accused removed the child from Marlen’s body, but the boy was not breathing. She took him to the hospital, saying that she had given birth at home and asking for help because the baby did not show vital signs.
Days later, the police recovered a vehicle that coincided with the description of Marlen’s car and raided a nearby house where neighbors claimed to have seen Marlen enter. There they found her remains.
On the other hand, the hospital and the police confirmed that the baby admitted to the ICU was Maren and Yovany’s son and the women who posed as his family were accused of murder.
Through tears, Lopez revealed that both the police and Marlen's relatives distrusted him and believed that he had something to do with her disappearance.
"My in-laws were against me. They were all against me, but I had not done anything to my wife. They asked me where I had her. They asked if I owed drug money if I was involved with gangs," he said.
But he always collaborated with the authorities, as he wanted to find the love of his life healthy and safe.
"The police kept asking me if I did something to her. They kept asking me the same questions. I did not do anything. I was telling them the truth with all my sincerity," Lopez added.
Lopez remembered the last time he saw his wife the morning of the day she was murdered.
"I hugged her, and I told her, ‘I love you with all my heart.’ There were kisses; I liked that she always smiled every morning," he recalled.
“I felt the desperation in me, and me when that happens, is because something bad will take place. We texted for the last time at 10:40 in the morning. I said, 'Hi, love. How are you?'. She told me, 'Well, I feel a little bad to drive, but I can stand until 2:45 when I leave school.' That was all the conversation we had.”
At 6 pm, the young man arrived home and noticed that his wife was not there. Lopez was surprised, and the feeling became worse. He added:
"(...) It was strange to me that she was not waiting for me. Then I felt an impact in my heart, and I told myself: something happened."
Now, the widowed father is asking people all around the country to keep his son on their prayers, as he thanks the love and support his family has received after news of Marlen’s murder has caused a stir on social media.
Clarisa and Desiree Figueroa were charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery of a child less than 13 years old. Clarisa Figueroa's boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, 40, has been charged with concealing the death of a person and one felony count of concealing a homicidal death.
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