A Texas woman was charged with capital murder after allegedly killing her friend to steal her baby, Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo said during a press conference Thursday. Erika Gisela Miranda-Álvarez, 28, was arrested for the slaying of Carolina Miranda Flores, 33, Acevado said to Houston Public Media. Flores’ six-week-old baby girl, Shamali Flores, was taken by Alvarez, who tried to pass the baby off as her own after she had a miscarriage.
Miranda-Álvarez got to know Flores over a period of five years after befriending Flores’ brother. The suspect was due to have a baby last January, but she had a miscarriage, Acevedo explained, resulting in her having faked the rest of her pregnancy. She then murdered Flores, came home with the woman’s baby after kidnapping her and claimed that she had delivered early. “Lo and behold, on Dec. 19, she showed up with a baby and pretended it was hers,” Acevedo said.
Flores was found dead on Tuesday, authorities said. Her baby girl was discovered at a Houston apartment complex after a lengthy manhunt by Houston police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “We saw that little angel just sitting there that doesn’t have a clue of what is going on,” the police chief explained about the infant’s recovery. The baby was described as “healthy” and “unharmed.” She was examined at the Texas Children’s Hospital before being taken into the custody of Children Protective Services (CPS).
The suspect had not issued any statement to police as of Friday morning, Reuters reported. Alvarez is facing the death penalty with the capital murder charge. Her boyfriend is also “under investigation” in the killing, but hasn’t been charged yet.
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