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Baby of Slain Pregnant Woman Marlen Ochoa-Lopez Dies

Ra'eesah Manack
Jun 14, 2019
09:47 A.M.
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The young baby boy who was cut from the womb of his teen-aged mother has died a month a half after the terrifying ordeal. His pregnant mother had been lured to a Southwest Side home and strangled. 

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Yovanny Jadiel Lopez, the baby of slain Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, had been on life support at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. He was at the center since he was born on April 23.

Doctors disclosed his premature and traumatic birth had caused him severe brain damage from lack of oxygen.

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"It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of baby Yovanny Jadiel Lopez," family spokeswoman Julie Contreras said in a statement. "He passed away this Friday, June 14, 2019, from his severe brain injury. Please keep his family in your thoughts & prayers as they go through this difficult time."

His death comes two days after indictments were brought against the mother-daughter duo who stand accused of the crimes. The pair reportedly wanted to raise the child on their own and lured the unsuspecting 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez to their home with promises of free baby clothes.

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They then strangled her to death before cutting her baby from the womb. Julie Contreras, a family friend, and the family's spokeswoman announced plans for a bill she called "Marlan's Law."

The bill would require women who claim they had their babies at home, to provide DNA proof of maternity. Contreras explained the family hopes the law "will not allow this to happen [to another family]."

"Marlan was not only the daughter of her parents and the wife of her husband. She is the daughter of our pueblo," Contreras said at the funeral  of the 19-year-old. 

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