The Chicago infant who was hospitalized in grave condition after being cut early from his mother’s womb has briefly opened his eyes the family is reporting.The family shared pictures of the moment on their Facebook page Sunday.Police say the infant’s mother 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa, who was 9-months pregnant at the time, went missing in April.An investigation later found that Ochoa had been communicating with 46-year-old Clarisa Figueroa on Facebook and that Clarisa invited her to her home with an offer of free baby clothes.Once Ochoa arrived to the home, Clarisa and her 24-year-old daughter Desiree Figueroa allegedly invited Ochoa inside and distracted her with photos of Clarisa’s late son. At some point Clarisa then grabbed Ochoa while her daughter used a cord so strangle her. Once Ochoa was unresponsive, Clarisa forcibly cut the baby from her womb and placed him in a bucket. She then called police and told them that she had just given birth and that the baby was not breathing.When authorities arrived, they reported that they noticed blood on Clarisa’s upper body, however, there was no other indication that she had just given birth.Investigators later connected Ochoa’s disappearance with Clarisa’s story when friends of Ochoa told authorities that she had been communicating with a woman online. Authorities then searched the Figueroa’s home and found Ochoa’s body in a trashcan with the rope still around her neck. A DNA test later proved that the infant who was brought to the hospital belonged to Ochoa.Clarisa and her daughter has since been arrested for the murder of Ochoa. Authorities also arrested Clarisa husband who they believed helped clean up and hide the body after the murder.Authorities reported that Clarisa told friends and relatives that she was pregnant and planned to raise Ochoa’s infant as her own after her 20-year-old son died of natural causes.Doctors are reporting that while the infant has opened his eyes, he still remains in grave condition and is still on life-support.
The Women of Troy had let a 13-point halftime lead slip all the way down to one in the second half. The Ducks were surging and all the momentum was in their favor. The USC women’s basketball team (10-6, 5-1), riding high on a four-game winning streak, was not about to let this game get away. The Women of Troy beat Oregon 92-73 in Thursday’s home game.On a mission · Junior forward Christina Marinacci goes in for a layup against the Ducks. Marinacci scored 14 points in 25 minutes Thursday, well above her 8.3 season average. Her season high is 24 points. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanA free throw by junior forward Christina Marinacci and a 3-pointer by senior guard Ashley Corral sent the team on its way to what would be a game-deciding 17-3 run spanning just under four minutes.Senior guard Briana Gilbreath came up a rebound shy of a triple-double for the Women of Troy as she led the way with 18 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds. Her leadership proved decisive for USC in the team’s breakaway run. After the game, she emphazised USC coach Michael Cooper’s reminders to develop a killer instinct.“We let our focus down in the beginning of the second half,” Gilbreath said. “But coach has been emphasizing us having a killer instinct in practice and I think we did a good job in pulling away like we did.” Gilbreath said.Cooper also emphasized that they handled Oregon’s zone defense very well and that learning how to succeed against different defenses as they continue their schedule will only make the team stronger for the postseason.The Women of Troy outrebounded Oregon by 19. The increase in rebounds has been an important factor in their recent surge in the standings, leaving them alone in second place in the Pac-12. Marinacci, who had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, talked about how important the rebounds were for the team.“Its another way to get energy and get second chance opportunites,” Marinacci said. “We noticed very soon that they weren’t as athletic as we were and we were able to take advantage of that mismatch. It’s one that we don’t usually have.”The Women of Troy accumulated 25 assists in the game, one of the highest totals they have had all season. Gilbreath said this exemplifies how much teamwork is being used to achieve the team’s winning streak.“We attribute the 25 assists to teamwork,” Gilbreath said. “We are all about getting each other open shots, and we did it with only 12 turnovers too.”The Women of Troy shot 86 percent from the free-throw line — easily their best total in any game this season.The women’s basketball team hopes to continue their winning ways and stay near the top of the PAC-12 standings when they play Oregon State at home Saturday at 2 p.m.