Extended family of slain Chicago teen visits her son in hospital

Family members of Marlen Ochoa who are in Chicago from Mexico for her funeral visited her son. (Family photo via NBC Chicago)

CHICAGO (WTHR) - The extended family of a teenager murdered in Chicago met her baby for the first time as the child continues to fight for his life.

Five members of Marlen Ochoa's family came to Chicago on temporary visas to attend her funeral Saturday. A family spokesperson shared photos with NBC Chicago of their visit with one-month-old Yovanny Jardiel at a Chicago hospital.

The baby, who was cut from his mother's womb on April 23, remains on life support. Family members said the boy opened his eyes for the first time over the weekend while Ochoa's father visited him in the hospital.

Ochoa was found murdered earlier this month in a garbage can at a southwest Chicago home. Three people are facing charges, including Clarisa Figueroa and her daughter Desiree, who are charged with murder in the 19-year-old mother's death.

Police say Clarisa Figueroa called 911 and said she had just given birth before police found the baby on a trash can. She passed the baby off as her own for weeks until someone reported the newborn to the Department of Child and Family Services.

The hospital where the child was brought after he was found April 23, Advocate Christ Medical Center, is currently under investigation in connection with the child's birth.

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