The Houston Police Department (HPD) on Thursday announced it had found an infant who had been missing since her mother’s recent fatal stabbing.
“We are happy to report that baby Shamali Flores, 6 weeks old, was located early this morning in a southwest Houston apartment,” the HPD tweeted.
“She appears unharmed & is being checked out at an area hospital as precaution,” the department added. “Investigation very active. More info to be released later this a.m.”
UPDATE: We are happy to report that baby Shamali Flores, 6 weeks old, was located early this morning in a southwest Houston apartment. She appears unharmed & is being checked at an area hospital as precaution. Investigation very active. More info to be released later this a.m.— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) December 21, 2017
Click 2 Houston on Thursday reported that Shamali Flores had been missing since Tuesday when her mother was found stabbed to death inside a Greenspoint, Texas apartment.
Investigators initially thought that the child was with her father in San Antonio, Texas, but when they located Thomas Bernardez late Tuesday, she was not with him.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo on Wednesday said investigators believe Shamali Flores was abducted by a person familiar with her family and the Greenspoint area.
At today's news briefing, Chief @ArtAcevedo released these photos of missing 6-week-old Shamali Flores & her deceased mom, Ms. Carolina Miranda Flores, 33. Please call @CrimeStopHOU if you have any information in this active Amber Alert case. All tips remain anonymous. #hounews pic.twitter.com/XOmD3vqllA— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) December 20, 2017
Acevedo also noted that investigators also thought that the infant may have been taken by a woman who was acting like her mother.
Houston’s police chief added at the time there was concern some people were not sharing information about the incident due to their immigration status.
“Our only goal is to bring justice to this family and bring this baby back to where it belongs,” Acevedo said.
“We are not interested in anyone’s immigration status, we’re just interested in justice,” he added during a press conference in Houston.
Carolina Flores’ body was discovered on Tuesday inside her home in Greenspoint, having suffered multiple stab wounds and Shamali Flores vanished.
Police initially examined Bernardez as a person of interest, but the Honduran man never faced any charges.
Carolina Flores’ family on Tuesday said she moved to the U.S. from Honduras roughly five years ago seeking a better life.
Child Protective Services (CPS) officials on Tuesday said that Carolina Flores’ two other children, ages 17 and 7, were in the care of family members cooperating with the probe of her death.