The 20-year-old father of the infant who died after he was cut from his killed mother’s womb this past Apri,l has now bent sent a hospital bill in excess of $300,000.
What’s even more disturbing is the bill doesn’t refer to the newborn using the name his family gave him – Yovanny Lopez, but identify the child as “Figueroa, boy” — the same last name as alleged murderer Clarisa Figueroa, who faked the birth and cared for him in the hospital as if he was her child.
The bill dated June 3, informs the Lopez family that their “balance is past due. Please pay the entire amount to avoid being referred to an external collection agency,” according to People.
“My client is overwhelmed by all this,” says Frank Avila, the attorney for Yovany Lopez, the father of Yovanny Lopez, noting the 20-year-old Lopez is now a single dad for the couple’s three-year-old. “It’s not right, it’s revictimizing him.”
The tragedy began on April 23 when 46-year-old Clarisa Figueroa, lured the baby’s 19-year-old, nine-months-pregnant, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez to her home by promising to give her free baby items. Figueroa later strangled Lopez with to death and cut the infant from her womb, authorities said.
After that, she called 911 to claim she had just given birth and the newborn was not breathing.
The child was rushed to the hospital, where Figueroa and her family continued their lies, but sadly the baby died two months later in mid-June due to a lack of oxygen when he was cut from his mother’s body, The Sun-Times reported.
Prosecutors announced first-degree murder charges against Figueroa and her 24-year-old daughter, Desiree Figueroa, 24 and aggravated battery of a child under 13 in the attack on Ochoa-Lopez. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Desiree’s boyfriend 40-year-old Piotr Bobak was also involved and charged with one felony count of concealment of a homicide.
The hospital, Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, later told ABC they regretted the “inadvertent billing.”
“Our hearts and prayers continue to be with the Ochoa-Lopez family during this difficult time. We have had discussions with the family regarding inadvertent billing 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.”