Gag Order Sought by Women Charged in Marlen Ochoa Case

Attorneys representing two Chicago women charged in the death of a mother and a child cut from her womb are asking for a gag order.

The Cook County Public Defender's Office made the request during a status hearing Thursday. Judge Peggy Chiampis says she will rule after hearing arguments from both sides.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter, 26-year-old Desiree, are accused of luring 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa to Clarisa Figueroa's home by offering to give her baby clothes, then strangling her and cutting the baby from her womb. Clarisa Figueroa then went to a hospital with the brain-damaged newborn, claiming the baby boy as her own. The baby died weeks later.

Attorneys for Ochoa's husband say the lawyers representing the Figueroa women are attempting to silence Ochoa-Lopez's family.

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