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Acevedo Asks For Help To Find Baby Abducted After Mother’s Murder In Greenspoint

The FBI’s Rapid Abduction Response Team is helping HPD in the search for Shamali Flores

Investigators think the person who abducted Shamali Flores might know the mother’s family and the Greenspoint area.

Houston Police Department (HPD) chief Art Acevedo asked Wednesday for the public's help in the search for a female baby who was abducted in the Greenspoint area on Tuesday after her mother was murdered.

Acevedo said during a press conference that the baby's mother, Carolina Miranda Flores, who was 33 years-old, was murdered between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday Dec. 19 in her apartment, located in the 180th block of Goodson Drive, north of downtown Houston.

Investigators think the person who abducted Shamali Flores might know the mother’s family and the Greenspoint area.

The baby's name is Shamali Flores and she is six weeks old.

Acevedo added investigators tracked down Marcos Mariano Tomás Palacios, who is believed to be the child's father, and he is cooperating with them.

Investigators are also interviewing relatives, friends and neighbors of the baby's mother.

Acevedo thinks the person that abducted the baby is probably “familiar” with the mother’s family and also knows the Greenspoint area.

The HPD chief added that investigators have a theory that indicates the abductor “may be a woman who has or will present the child as her own and may even indicate the child was recently born.”

Given that the crime and the abduction occurred in a neighborhood with many Hispanic immigrants, Acevedo stressed that the investigators are not interested in the immigration status of any person who can provide them with information.

Acevedo also stated that Crime Stoppers has posted a $5,000 reward regarding this case and urged the public to contact HPD's Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 and Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is helping HPD and has deployed members of its Rapid Abduction Response Team.

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