An Amber Alert was issued on Tuesday, for baby Chamali Flores (6 weeks old) who went missing without a trace after her mother, Carolina Flores, 33, was stabbed to death.
48 hours later, it was announced by the police that a woman has been arrested and charged with the killing of Carolina Flores. It was also stated that the woman recently had a miscarriage.
Speaking during a news conference, Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo said that Chamali was “recovered at a Houston apartment complex a little after 1 a.m. Thursday,” according to ABC News. He said the baby girl is “very healthy” and was not harmed in any way. Chamali was then taken to a local hospital for examination as a precaution and is currently in the custody of child protective services.
Erika Jisela Miranda-Alvarez, 28, had been arrested and charged with capital murder as indicated by the police chief who also said that Erika had recently had a miscarriage which she was trying to keep away from her boyfriend who is also being investigated, but has not been charged, ABC News reports.
Carolina was stabbed to death in her Greenspoint-area apartment, and on Tuesday, December 19, at around 1 p.m., her body was discovered by family members, the Houston Patch reports. Chamali was missing.
An Amber Alert was issued the same night for Chamali and the man who is said to be the child’s father, Marcos Mariano Tomas Palacios, 34, according to the Houston Patch. Palacios was initially considered a person of interest in the case, but was finally found and cleared of any connection in Carolina’s murder and Chamali’s disappearance.
During a conference on December 20, police told the media that investigators believed the murder and kidnapping may have been done by a woman who had recently lost a child. The public was asked to be on the lookout for any female who suddenly had a baby but was not pregnant earlier.
It turned out to be that the residents of Houston took the request of authorities to heart, as in the early morning hours of December 21, police received a tip that a couple was holding a baby, which turned out to be Chamali, according to ABC 14 News.