A baby who was cut from a pregnant teen’s womb after the mom was lured to a Chicago home and strangled is miraculously breathing without a machine and improving in the hospital.

Fox 32 reports that the child’s family spoke to reporters and said for the first time since his birth that the baby is breathing on his own and his health is slowly improving.

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The family’s attorney, Frank Avila, said:

“It’s still a long way to go for the baby, but the baby is fighting and surviving.”

The family’s pastor, Emma Lozano, told People:

“The baby is starting to be weaned off the respirator, but there’s a long way to go and we’re all praying for a miracle.”

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Lozano continued:

“The baby looks so beautiful and so perfect, but we know otherwise. The lack of oxygen for so long did some major damage to the brain.”

As previously reported by Dearly, Yovani Lopez was “forcibly removed” from his mother’s womb after she had gone to pick up free baby clothes from a woman whom she had met through a Facebook group.

Police said Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree Figueroa, 24, strangled the child’s mother, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, to death with a coaxial cable before stealing her baby.

The mother’s body was found in a garbage can behind the Figueroas’ home. Investigators believe the family planned to raise Yovani as their own.

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However, the victim’s family wants to know why it took weeks for the women to be arrested for murder after they reported Marlen missing.

Clarisa and Desiree were charged with murder. A third suspect, Piotr Bobak, 40, has been charged with concealment of a homicide.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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