The father of a baby boy who was cut from his mother’s womb after she’d been murdered had the chance to hold his son for the first time.
Yiovanni Lopez held his son Yadiel this week and the boy, who is said to be brain dead, reportedly opened his eyes.
“Thank you for your prayers He opened his eye for us!! We're praying for a miracle,” family friend, Cecilia Garcia, wrote on Facebook alongside several pictures.
Yadiel’s mom, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was found dead on May 15 in Chicago after having gone missing weeks before.
Police believe the mom was strangled to death on April 23 and have arrested three people in connection with the murder.
Ochoa-Lopez had gone to pick up free baby clothes from a woman, Clarisa Figueroa, she met in a Facebook group when she was murdered, police said.
Police said Clarisa and her daughter, Desiree Figueroa, cut the baby from Ochoa-Lopez after they murdered her. Clarisa then told paramedics she had given birth and the baby was not breathing. He was taken to the hospital, police said.
However, the story began to unravel when a friend of Ochoa-Lopez's told police the mother had gone to pick up clothes from Clarisa and they tracked down the family.
After DNA testing the baby in the hospital, it was revealed the infant was Ochoa-Lopez’s.
“I have a lot of faith that the baby’s going to live. God is going to give me that miracle. We’re anxiously waiting to have him, to love him,” Lopez told reporters last Thursday.
Clarisa, 46, and Desiree, 24, have been charged with murder, while Clarisa's boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, 40, has been charged with concealing a homicidal death.