Woman Kills New Mother, Steals Baby to Cover Up Her Own Miscarriage: Report

Erika J. Miranda-Alvarez (Houston Police Department); Carolina Flores (Facebook)
Erika J. Miranda-Alvarez (Houston Police Department); Carolina Flores (Facebook)

A Texas woman triggered a nationwide manhunt Tuesday when authorities say she stabbed the mother of a newborn child to death and disappeared with the infant. After tracking down the woman, authorities said she did it to cover up a miscarriage.

Houston’s KPRC-TV reports that on Tuesday, a 17-year-old boy came home to their Houston apartment to find his aunt, 33-year-old Carolina Flores, dead from multiple stab wounds. When authorities arrived on the scene, they discovered that the woman’s 6-week-old baby was missing and issued an Amber Alert.


Two days later, on Thursday, police arrested 28-year old Erika J. Miranda-Alvarez on charges of capital murder. Law enforcement officials say that Miranda-Alvarez killed Carolina Flores and kidnapped the infant to hide her miscarriage from her boyfriend and family.

“She was pregnant; she was due in January. She lost the baby; she did not share the fact that she lost her baby with anyone,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference.

Carolina Flores moved to the U.S. from Honduras five years ago to make a better life for her children. In addition to her baby, she had two other children, ages 7 and 17.

Authorities say that Miranda-Alvarez was friends with Flores’ brother. As for Miranda-Alvarez’s boyfriend, authorities have so far not charged him with a crime because they say he believed that she had simply given birth to a child, but they say he remains under investigation.


Six-week-old Shamali Flores was unharmed.

Read more at KPRC-TV.

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This was all over the news. Obviously the first person police looked for was the father, but they found him and determined it wasn’t him. Then they were just looking for anyone the mother might have known.

I hope the baby has someone to care for her and if there’s one silver lining it’s that she’s too young to remember it.