From left: Clarisa Figueroa, 46, Desiree Figueroa, 24 , Piotr Bobak, 40. From Chicago Police: Three offenders were charged in connection to murder of a missing 19-year-old expectant mother. The 19-year-old victim went to a residence on the 4100 block of W. 77th Pl to pick up items. While at the residence, Clarissa and Desiree Figueroa strangled the victim and removed the unborn child. Clarissa Figueroa attempted to claim she had just given birth to the child that was then transported to an area hospital. Piotr Bobak assisted in concealing the death of the victim. The victim
From left: Clarisa Figueroa, 46, Desiree Figueroa, 24 , Piotr Bobak, 40. From Chicago Police: Three offenders were charged in connection to murder of a missing 19-year-old expectant mother. The 19-year-old victim went to a residence on the 4100 block of W. 77th Pl to pick up items. While at the residence, Clarissa and Desiree Figueroa strangled the victim and removed the unborn child. Clarissa Figueroa attempted to claim she had just given birth to the child that was then transported to an area hospital. Piotr Bobak assisted in concealing the death of the victim. The victim's remains were discovered in a trash can on the offender's property. The offenders were placed in custody and charged accordingly.
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Editor’s Note: This article contains graphic descriptions of what prosecutors say happened in the killing of a pregnant woman.

(CNN) —  

A Chicago woman lured a pregnant 19-year-old mother into her home and distracted her with a photo album before strangling her and cutting out her unborn baby, court documents show.

The suspect allegedly put Marlen Ochoa-Lopez’s body in a large plastic bag and placed it in a garbage can in her backyard, police said.

Suspects Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter, Desiree Figueroa, 24, were charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the attack that happened on April 23, Chicago police said.

The mother and daughter were arrested this week after investigators found the teen’s body in a trash can at the elder Figueroa’s home, police said.

After they allegedly killed her, Clarisa Figueroa pretended the baby was hers and intended on raising him as her own after her son died last year, authorities said.

The baby boy is hospitalized in grave condition and is on life support, Chicago police said Friday.

In addition to the mother and daughter, Clarisa Figueroa’s boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, 40, was charged with concealing the death of a person and concealing a homicidal death.

All three are being held without bond.

Suspect pretended she was pregnant and lured victim to her home

According to prosecutors, Clarisa Figueroa’s 20-year-old son Xander died in 2018. In October, she announced that she was pregnant, which was a surprise to her family, since she had her Fallopian tubes tied.

Clarisa Figueroa’s 20-year-old son Xander died in 2018, according to prosecutors. In October, she announced she was pregnant, which came as a surprise to her family because her fallopian tubes were tied.

By December, Clarisa Figueroa had posted a Facebook picture of an ultrasound showing what she claimed was the baby she was carrying, assistant state’s attorney James Murphy said.

In February, Clarisa Figueroa posted a picture of a crib and baby’s room to a Facebook page aimed at helping improve access to baby items for families in need, Murphy said. The next month, she posted on the page again, asking, “Who is due in May” and “Where is the May mama’s at.”

The next month, she posted on the page again, asking, “Who is due in May” and “Where is the May mama’s at.”

One of the people she connected with, Murphy said, was Ochoa-Lopez, who at that time was seven months pregnant. Clarisa Figueroa offered Ochoa-Lopez clothes for the baby and suggested they talk in a private message.

Murphy said that by April 1, Clarisa Figueroa had told her daughter that “she needed help killing a pregnant woman and taking a baby.”

The high school student went to Figueroa’s home at least twice this year after connecting on the Facebook group and accepting Figueroa’s offer of baby items, police said.

How prosecutors say the killing happened

On April 23, Murphy said, Ochoa-Lopez returned and sat on a couch. While Desiree Figueroa distracted the teen with a photo album, the elder Figueroa wrapped a cable around the teen’s neck from behind, Murphy said.

As Ochoa-Lopez sat on a couch and Desiree Figueroa distracted her with a photo album, her mother wrapped a cable around the teen’s neck from behind, Murphy said.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, Desiree Figueroa, 24, and Piotr Bobak, 40.
Clarisa Figueroa, 46, Desiree Figueroa, 24, and Piotr Bobak, 40.
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When Ochoa-Lopez put her fingers between her neck and the cable, the elder Figueroa told her daughter that she wasn’t doing her job, Murphy said.

Clarisa Figueroa then got on top of the teen and strangled her for about four to five minutes, the prosecutor said.

When Ochoa-Lopez was dead, the elder Figueroa cut the teen’s baby from her womb, and then called 911 and said she’d just delivered a baby that wasn’t breathing, according to Murphy. Both were hospitalized, but Clarisa Figueroa showed no signs that might have suggested she had just delivered a baby, Murphy said.

Both were hospitalized, but Clarisa Figueroa showed no signs that might have suggested she had just delivered a baby, Murphy said.

Police say their break in the case came last week

Ochoa-Lopez’s husband reported her missing on April 24, police said.

But it would take nearly three weeks for investigators to unravel what happened and find Ochoa-Lopez’s remains in a trash can in the backyard of Clarisa Figueroa’s home, authorities said.

Police said a break in the case came May 7 when a friend of the victim told detectives about Ochoa-Lopez’s exchanges with Figueroa before she vanished.

Detectives visited the Figueroa home that day. Desiree Figueroa told them her mother was in the hospital for problems with her legs. Then she revealed that her mother had just delivered a baby, authorities said.

The investigators searched the area and found Ochoa-Lopez’s vehicle “not far away,” Chicago police Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan told reporters Thursday.

That same day, detectives interviewed the elder Figueroa at a hospital. She denied Ochoa-Lopez came to her house April 23 but admitted to meeting her in the past, Deenihan said.

Suspicious, detectives spent the next several days subpoenaing hospital records and collecting DNA samples from the baby and Figueroa.

“We determined that Clarisa (Figueroa) was not the mother through DNA,” Deenihan said.

The victim’s family said they notified authorities about her interaction with the woman much sooner than May 7.

Her husband tried to immediately report her missing to the police, but was told to come back in 72 hours, according to Jacobita Cortes, a pastor of a Chicago church that the family had asked for help.

The husband did, and the family hired a private investigator who found Ochoa-Lopez’s car near the Figueroa home, Cortes said.

“There’s going to be anger associated,” Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. “When things of this nature occur, the first thing people do is look in retrospect, what could we have done to maybe prevent this? I know our detectives do the best they can.”

The woman’s body was found in a trash can this week

Tuesday, armed with a search warrant, crime lab officers searched Figueroa’s house.

Detectives discovered bleach and cleaning solutions in the home, along with evidence of burned clothing and blood on the floors of the living room, bathroom and a hallway, according to Deenihan.

Ochoa-Lopez’s body was found in a garbage can in the back yard, along with a cable used to strangle her and other evidence, police said.

A medical examiner determined that Ochoa-Lopez died of strangulation. Early Thursday, Desiree Figueroa told detectives she helped her mother strangle Ochoa-Lopez, police said.

The motive for the killing is under investigation, but Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Thursday he believes Clarisa Figueroa wanted to raise the child as her own.

CNN’s Dakin Andone, Ray Sanchez and Andrea Diaz contributed to this report.