The baby brutally ripped from his murdered mother's womb has miraculously survived and can now breathe without the support of a machine, US media reports.
Pregnant teen Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was allegedly attacked by 46-year-old woman, Clarisa Figueroa, who planned to claim her baby as her own.
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Authorities say Figueroa and her daughter Desiree, 24, lured Ochoa-Lopez to their home before strangling her with a cord and cutting the baby from her womb.
Aol.com reports that Figueroa then called an ambulance for the baby, who was blue in the face, and the pair were transported to hospital. The baby was left in a critical condition with little brain function as a result of the attack.
But despite being given just a small chance for survival, little Yadiel Lopez has overcome the odds.
The six-week-old boy has managed to take his first breaths without the help of hospital equipment.
"It's still a long way to go for the baby, but the baby is fighting and surviving," an attorney for Yadiel's dad told ABC Chicago.
"When we touch him, he reacts. The baby is getting better," Ochoa-Lopez's father says. "We want him to know we love him. He is a miracle of God."
Figueroa and her daughter were arrested on Thursday 16 May after Ochoa-Lopez's body was discovered behind their home.
Both women have been charged with first-degree murder, while the mother's boyfriend, 40, has been charged with concealment of a homicide.