The family of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, who was murdered on April 23 shortly before the infant was cut from her womb, is holding out for a miracle. The infant boy has no brain function, but the family has no plans to take him off life support.
Yovani Lopez, the widower of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, shared a photo of himself holding his baby boy in the hospital. He and the tragically murdered 19-year-old also have another child together.
Lopez said that the family is praying for a miracle. Reports said that the boy, who they named Yavani Yadiel Lopez, is brain dead and not expected to survive.
Prior to the discovery of her dead body on Wednesday, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, who also went by the last name Ochoa-Uriostegui, was reported missing on April 23. She was nine months pregnant at the time of her murder.
A Chicago police spokeswoman tells PEOPLE authorities believe her baby boy was forcibly removed from her body that day, after the mom was killed. A police spokeswoman described the baby’s condition as “grave,” and they said he is being treated at a local hospital.
Ochoa-Lopez was found dead near a Chicago home after vanishing last month. She was likely murdered before her baby was cut from her body.
Ochoa-Lopez was pregnant with her second child when she reportedly made arrangements to meet a woman she met through a Facebook group called “Help a Sister Out.” The woman seemed to have offered to swap or donate baby items.
The woman claimed she had a daughter who had baby supplies she no longer needed. Now, the victim's family is accusing that woman of luring Ochoa-Lopez to the home under false pretenses.
“She was giving clothes away, supposedly under the pretenses that her daughter had been given clothes, and they had all these extra boy clothes, and that were the false pretenses that I believe led her to that house," says the family's representative.
Chicago police told NBC News they believe Ochoa-Lopez was murdered. After she was killed, the baby was taken out of her body.
“We believe that she was murdered and we believe that the baby was forcibly removed following that murder,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the news station.
Citing unnamed police sources, CBS Chicago also reports that the baby is believed to have been “cut out” of the murdered woman’s body after she was allegedly lured to the basement of the home.
The news station also confirmed that a 911 call was made from the home where the victim is believed to have gone on the day she went missing. The caller reportedly said that a 46-year-old woman had given birth and that the baby was not breathing.
Four people — two men and two women — were taken in for questioning this week from the 77th address where Ochoa-Lopez’s remains were found in a garbage can on Wednesday. Authorities have not identified any persons of interest, but sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that a 46-year-old woman is expected to be charged in connection to the murder.
The Chicago Tribune previously reported that Ochoa-Lopez was last seen leaving Latino Youth Alternative High School. The teen is married, and she has a 3-year-old son she was supposed to pick up from daycare on the day she disappeared.
Please pray for her family. Please also storm heaven with prayers for her baby boy who she left behind.