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HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a Texas infant found by police two days after her mother was fatally stabbed (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Authorities say a woman who recently suffered a miscarriage fatally stabbed a woman at a Houston apartment and abducted her newborn daughter.

Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference Thursday that 28-year-old Erika Miranda-Alvarez is charged with capital murder in the death of 33-year-old Carolina Flores. Acevedo says Miranda-Alvarez knew Flores, who was killed Tuesday.

He says Miranda-Alvarez hid her miscarriage from family members and was claiming that she had just returned this week from the hospital after giving birth.

He says investigators were at a southwest Houston apartment complex early Thursday when they happened to spot a couple holding a baby. They questioned the couple and determined that Miranda-Alvarez was holding 6-week-old Shamali Flores, who was unharmed.

The suspect's boyfriend has not been charged and Acevedo says it appears he wasn't aware of the miscarriage.


10 a.m.

Police have arrested a suspect following the fatal stabbing of a Houston mother and the disappearance of her infant daughter who was missing for two days.

Authorities say they will release additional information about the arrest later Thursday.

The police announcement on Twitter did not say whether the arrest is related to the killing, the apparent abduction of the girl or both.

The body of 33-year-old Carolina Flores was discovered in her north Houston apartment Tuesday and her 6-week-old daughter, Shamali Flores, could not be found.

Police say the infant was found unharmed early Thursday at a southwest Houston apartment.

No other details have been released.


7:15 a.m.

The 6-week-old daughter of a woman who was stabbed to death has been found alive in a Houston apartment.

Police announced on Twitter that Shamali Flores was found early Thursday and appears unharmed. She's being evaluated at a hospital.

Police have provided no other details, including who was with Shamali when she was discovered or how police they knew to look for the baby at the southwest Houston home. Police officials said at a news conference Wednesday that the person who took Shamali likely knows her family.

Investigators have not identified a suspect in the death Tuesday of the girl's mother, 33-year-old Carolina Flores. They say the child's father is not a suspect.

Police plan to release more information later Thursday.

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