Woman who had miscarriage charged with friend's murder after baby's abduction in Texas

ByCourtney Fischer KTRK logo
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Woman charged with murder
Police say woman who had recently suffered a miscarriage killed Carolina Flores and abducted her 6-week-old baby.

HOUSTON, Texas -- A woman who allegedly suffered a recent miscarriage and was trying to hide it from her boyfriend has been charged with capital murder for the stabbing death of her friend, 33-year-old Carolina Flores.

Investigators said Erika Jisela Miranda-Alvarez murdered Flores and kidnapped her 6-week-old daughter Chamali.

Investigators spotted two suspicious people holding a newborn outside of an apartment complex in the 9700 block of South Gessner around 1 a.m. Thursday.

Photos led officers to believe the baby was missing infant Shamali Flores. The baby was taken from her apartment when her mother was killed Tuesday.

Miranda-Alvarez was charged with capital murder for Flores' death.

Police say Alvarez was friends with Flores' brother and had been a friend of the family for several years.

Her boyfriend is not facing charges at this time.

Investigators say Alvarez was due to have a baby in January when she suffered a miscarriage.

Police believe she continued to fake her pregnancy for family members and her boyfriend.

Shamali Flores was taken to Texas Children's Hospital for an evaluation. She is currently in the custody of Child Protective Services.

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