Family of murdered mom still in shock after arrest of known friend

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- With news of an arrest in the death of Carolina Flores, her relatives are still shocked at recent developments.

Erika Jisela Miranda-Alvarez is accused of kidnapping Flores' 6-week-old child. She has also been charged with capital murder in Flores' death.

"I don't think she has any mental issues," Jenny Lopez said. "I just think she really wanted a baby because she lost her baby, she just really wanted a baby."

Lopez and Flores shared an apartment when she moved to Houston from Honduras.

"Carolina was a good woman," Lopez added. "(She) came from a struggle, came from the poor. Wanted to be something, wanted to be someone."

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Police say Alvarez was friends with Flores' brother and had been a friend of the family for several years.

Investigators say Alvarez was due to have a baby in January when she suffered a miscarriage.

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Police believe she continued to fake her pregnancy for family members and her boyfriend.

For Flores' family, an arrest is a step in the right direction.

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