Timeline in disappearance of baby Shamali

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Timeline of events in the kidnapping of Shamali Flores
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Timeline of events in the kidnapping of Shamali Flores

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Days after a mother was murdered in her apartment and her baby disappeared, investigators have found her missing child.

Here is a timeline of events in the case that has captivated the attention of the nation:

Dec. 19, 2017

6:30-10:30 a.m.

Houston police said Carolina Flores was murdered sometime between these hours, and her six-week-old baby, Shamali Flores, was taken.

3:50 p.m.

A family member found Carolina's body in her apartment on Goodson Drive in Greenspoint. She had been stabbed to death.

A call was placed to 911.

5:30 p.m.

An Amber Alert was issued for Shamali. Her father, Marcos Mariano Tomas Palacios, was named a person of interest.

10 p.m.

Palacios was found in San Antonio with the help of the FBI. He was questioned and released by investigators. He is no longer a person of interest.

Dec. 20, 2017

2:30 p.m.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said investigators have a theory the suspect is a woman posing as the mother of the missing baby.

Dec. 21, 2017


Investigators received a tip and discover a couple holding a baby. The baby was Shamali Flores.

5:49 a.m.

Houston Police reported that Shamali was found alive in a southwest Houston apartment.

9:11 a.m.

Houston Police reported a suspect was arrested to be charged in this investigation.

1:30 p.m.

The mug shot of Erika Jisela Miranda-Alvarez was released. She was charged with capital murder. Allegedly, Alvarez recently had a miscarriage and portrayed Shamali Flores as her child.

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