UPDATE: Houston baby found

HOUSTON, Texas - Police have charged a Houston woman with murder after they say she kidnapped a newborn and killed the child's mother.

Authorities say Erika Jisela Miranda-Alvarez stabbed Carolina Flores to death on Tuesday, the same day that Flores' six-week-old daughter Shamali was taken.

Investigators say Alvarez had suffered a miscarriage - a fact she hid from her boyfriend and family.

Police recovered the baby girl overnight and arrested Alvarez.

"Early in the case, it was suggested that the suspect was friends with Carolina Flores-Miranda's brother, which is how she connected with our victim, and that she recently had a miscarriage that she was trying to hide from her boyfriend," says Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo.

The child was hospitalized, and is currently with Child Protective Services.

Below is the previous text from this story:

Houston police suspect the individual who abducted a six-week-old girl after her mother was fatally stabbed likely knew the child’s family.

Police Chief Art Acevedo said Wednesday one theory of investigators is the possibility Shamali Flores may have been abducted by a woman who might present the child as her own.

Authorities began looking for the baby after her mother’s body was discovered around midday Tuesday in her Houston apartment.

Police initially said they believed the baby was with her father, Marcos Mariano Palacios. But he was found late Tuesday and Shamali wasn’t with him.

Police identified the mother as 33-year-old Carolina Flores.

Authorities say Palacios is not considered a suspect or person of interest in the woman’s death.

Below is the original text from this story:

Houston Police are issuing an Amber Alert for an infant girl after her mother was found dead from an apparent stabbing. 

Shanally Flores was last scene at her mother's apartment around 11:30 am. Tuesday. 

Police believe the girl is with her father, Thomas Bernardez, who could be a suspect in the mother's death. 

Bernardez is from Hondurus and is believed to be driving a 2000 blue Toyota Celica with a black hood. 

The license plate number is CM7-L340. Call police if you have any information. 
 


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