Arrested: Selissa Flores, Hispanic female, 22 years of age
Miguel Berumen-Zepeda, Hispanic male, 25 years of age
On Saturday, June 2, 2018 Austin 911 received a report of an unresponsive baby at 6409 Springdale Lane. APD, AFD and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived at the residence at 3:18 p.m. EMS reported that the baby, Noel Leal, was already rigid and paramedics were suspicious about the circumstances reported by family members. Leal was pronounced deceased at 3:33 p.m.
The Homicide unit responded to the scene and began interviewing family members. During the course of those discussions, investigators learned that Selissa Flores, Noel’s sister, had been babysitting him since the previous afternoon. At some point between 9 p.m. on June 1 and 3:10 p.m. on June 2, Noel died after receiving trauma to his head and body. Selissa admitted that she and Miguel cleaned up the scene prior to calling 911. Investigators are still working to determine how long Noel had been dead before Flores called for help.
The Travis County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Sunday, June 3, 2018 and found Noel Leal died as a result of the extensive physical trauma. The cursory manner of death has been ruled a homicide. The final determination is pending.
Selissa Flores is facing charges for tampering with evidence and has a $75,000 bond. Miguel Berumen-Zepeda is also being charged with tampering with evidence and injury to a child and has a $100,000 bond.
Homicide Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS, text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
Selissa Flores, age 22
Miguel Berumen-Zepeda, age 25
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701