The father of the gravely injured infant who was cut from his murdered mother’s womb finally got a chance to cradle the boy, according to a series of photographs released by a family friend on Monday.
Yovani Lopez is seen in the photographs holding his tiny baby boy, Yadiel, who was in critical conditionafter being cut out of his mother’s stomach in Chicago last month.
“Thank you for your prayers He opened his eye for us!! We’re praying for a miracle,” Cecilia Garcia, a family friend, captioned a Facebook post of the images.
The boy’s mother, 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, was strangled to death on April 23, allegedly by Clarisa Figueroa and her daughter Desiree Figueroa, authorities said.
The pair then allegedly cut the baby out of the nine-months-pregnant woman, then pretended Clarisa had just given birth to the boy when they called 911 to report that he was not breathing.
Clarisa allegedly lured Ochoa-Lopez to her home with an offer of free baby clothes on a Facebook group for moms. Police tracked down the mother and daughter suspects after one of Ochoa-Lopez’s friends showed them Facebook messages they’d exchanged.
Ochoa-Lopez’s body was found dumped in garbage behind the Figueroas’ home on the city’s Southwest Side shortly after midnight on May 15 — roughly three weeks after she was reported missing, cops said.