Sometimes you hear about certain crimes and you think to yourself “Wow! People are still doing that??”
HOUSTON, TEXAS – A woman secretly had a miscarriage and told no one. Instead she killed another woman and took the dead woman’s baby, as a replacement for her own..
Erika Jisela Miranda-Alvarez, 28, has been charged with capital murder in the stabbing death of 33-year-old Carolina Flores.
On Tuesday, Flores was found dead inside her Magnolia Cove Apartment, around noon.
Relatives said Carolina’s 17-year-old nephew found her dead and called for help. She died from multiple stab wounds, police said. Investigators said she was killed between 6:30 and 10:30 a.m.
After Carolina’s body was found, police discovered her 6-week-old baby, Shamali Flores, was missing. An Amber Alert was issued at about 4:30 p.m.
Two days later police found Shamali at the Woodscape apartments in the 9700 block of S. Gessner Road in southwest Houston. Witnesses reported seeing a suspicious man and woman holding a newborn, possibly attempting to leave the area.
Shamali was taken to the hospital and checked for signs of abuse. Doctors deemed her healthy.
Miranda-Alvarez, was not only a friend of 5-years with Flores’ brother, but Lopez and Flores also shared an apartment when she moved to Houston from Honduras.
“I don’t think she has any mental issues,” Jenny Lopez said. “I just think she really wanted a baby because she lost her baby, she just really wanted a baby.”
“Carolina was a good woman,” Lopez added. “(She) came from a struggle, came from the poor. Wanted to be something, wanted to be someone.”
Police said Miranda-Alvarez was due to give birth in January, but recently had a miscarriage and attempted to hide the miscarriage from her boyfriend and others.
Police believe Miranda-Alvarez killed Carolina and kidnapped Shamali, then acted as if she had brought the baby home from the hospital. Miranda-Alvarez’s boyfriend has not been charged, but he is under investigation.
The FBI assisted the Houston Police Department until the child was found.
Douglas Williams, with the FBI, said that in the search for Shamali, the agency deployed its rapid reduction response team, which is made up of special agents with expertise in these types of situations.
Flores’ two other children are in the care of family members, CPS is involved.