The body of 33-year-old Houston resident Carolina Flores was discovered by a family member on Tuesday. Now, police in the area have issued an AMBER Alert across the entire state of Texas (and in parts of Louisiana and Oklahoma) for the missing child of Flores, a 6-week-old baby.
According to ABC News, the child Shanally Flores remains unfound in the wake of the fatal stabbing of her mother. Thomas Bernardez, the baby's father, was named as a person of interest in the case, but was later tracked down in San Antonio in his blue Toyota Celica. He was not in possession of the child and denied any involvement in the killing.
Shannally was last seen with her mother shortly before the killing, according to KBTX. Police described the baby as 30 inches long and 20 pounds. She is of Honduran descent and may be black or mixed race. Officers say they believe Shannally to be in grave danger, reported Dallas News.
Carolina Flores, who migrated from Honduras a few years ago, was described as a “hard-working woman." She was employed at a local hotel and also worked as a caregiver. Friends noticed a change in her personality lately and acknowledged an increased unwillingness to discuss her child's parentage, according to KTRK. She had reportedly been afraid to go to the police because she was an undocumented immigrant.
“She came out here to get something," said her cousin, Jenny Lopez. “[She] came out here to provide for her kids and to get something out of life because in Honduras there's nothing."
"She was very kind, lovable, she was just a person that she was the light in the room, oh, Carolina and for this to happen is just, I just wish it didn't happen," Lopez added. "That's what's really bothering me, that's whats really eating me up alive because the baby is missing. The baby is only six weeks old. She just had the baby and for this to happen, I just really hope they find the baby and find him as well and he get what he deserves."
Police are asking those with information on the case to call the Houston Police Department at 713-308-3600 or Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
[Photo: Houston Police Department]