Family of Baby Cut From Mother's Womb Given $300,000 Bill for His Medical Care

The family of a baby boy who died after he was cut from his mother's womb during her murder said they have continued to receive medical bills from the hospital, including some that listed the mother's alleged killer as the child's parent.

Yovanny Lopez died two days after Clarisa Figueroa and her daughter Desiree Figueroa were formally charged with the murder of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez on June 12.

Ochoa-Lopez was nine months pregnant when she went missing from the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago on April 23. Her body was later found at an address at West 77th Place on May 15, with her unborn baby cut from her body.

It was later revealed that the baby was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn unresponsive on the same that Ochoa-Lopez went missing and that Clarisa Figueroa claimed the child was hers.

After several weeks, DNA tests eventually proved the baby was not Clarisa's and Ochoa-Lopez's body was found at the suspect's home.

Yovanny died on June 14. He had suffered severe brain injuries as a result of the oxygen he was deprived of from being ripped from his mother's womb.

Since then, the family of the baby has continued to receive medical bills totaling more than $300,000 for his time at the hospital, including some from when Clarisa Figueroa was passing the child off as her own and one dated June 3, weeks after the suspects had been arrested in connection with Ochoa-Lopez's murder.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the child is also listed under the name "Figueroa, boy" on the bills up until May 7.

The hospital previously promised to waive all bills connected to Yovanny.

Frank Avila, attorney for family of Ochoa-Lopez and the boy's father Yovani Lopez, told CBS Chicago: "We don't have the medical records and my client is getting bills for hundreds of thousands of dollars from the hospital that has the Figueroa name on it and that's atrocious. It needs to stop."

Yovani Lopez had previously been critical of the hospital for not realizing the child was not Clarisa Figueroa's, despite strong indicators she had not recently given birth.

In a statement, the hospital confirmed that at least one bill should not have been sent to the family.

"Our hearts and prayers continue to be with the Ochoa-Lopez family during this difficult time," the statement said.

"We have had discussions with the family regarding a bill that was inadvertently sent and we regret this error. We take our obligation to patient privacy seriously, and therefore are unable to comment further regarding care, services or billing."

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her 24-year-old Desiree Figueroa have since been charged with the murders of both the baby Ochoa-Lopez. The pair previously pleaded not guilty to a string of charges, including first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery of a child and dismembering a body.

In a statement after the latest charges were brought forward, Yovani Lopez said: "We are grateful that charges have been placed on these murderers," reports WLS. "There will never be a day that we are not grieving for my wife Marlen and my son Yovanny."

Baby Yovanny Lopez
A doctor wears a stethoscope during an examination at the Codman Square Health Center April 5, 2006 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The family of a baby who died after he was cut from his mom’s womb are still being billed hundreds of thousands of dollars for his medical care. Joe Raedle/Getty
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