Baby Boy Ripped from Slain Chicago Mother’s Womb After She Was Strangled to Death Has No Brain Function

Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui or Marlen Ochoa-Lopez
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The infant boy police say was ripped from his mother’s womb after she was strangled to death has no brain function, according to the slain woman’s family members.

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, when she was nine months pregnant. A Chicago police spokeswoman tells PEOPLE authorities believe her baby boy was forcibly removed from her body that day, after the mom was killed.

The police spokeswoman described the baby’s condition as “grave” and said he is being treated at a local hospital.

Fox 32 reports the family has no plan to take the boy — named Yavani Yadiel Lopez — off life support and is holding out hope he will survive.

Authorities first became aware of the baby when a 46-year-old woman called 911 reporting that her baby — which authorities believe was actually Ochoa-Lopez’s — was not breathing. The 911 call came from the same block as the home at which Ochoa-Lopez’s body was found weeks later, according to the spokeswoman.

Three people are in custody and charges are pending, the spokeswoman says, but she did not confirm whether the 46-year-old woman who called 911 was one of those people.

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