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Infant found safe with dead bodies in Houston apartment

Dale Lezo, Houston Chronicle
Updated 10:26 pm, Thursday, April 10, 2014

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  • A composite sketch of one of the men seen fleeing a fatal shooting at an apartment. Photo: HPD / HPD
    A composite sketch of one of the men seen fleeing a fatal shooting at an apartment. Photo: HPD

 

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An infant's cries led a southwest Houston woman to her neighbor's apartment, where she found the baby girl's parents shot to death, officials said.

Melissa Ann Guerra and her husband, Jose Miguel Salinas, both 23, were found dead at their apartment at 5402 Renwick, Houston Police said.

Police said a woman who was walking her dog about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday heard a child crying in the apartment, then found the couple.

Two men were seen fleeing from the area after the shooting, police said. Thursday afternoon, police released composite sketches of the two men.

One is about 18 to 20 years old, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, has a baby-face appearance and hair cut in a distinctive round afro. He was wearing a pink or orange T-shirt.

The other is about 17 to 20, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, with his hair done in twisted curls. He was last seen in a white T-shirt.

Investigators did not release other information, including if a gun was found at the scene.

The girl, who appears to be about 5 months old, is in the custody of Child Protective Services, said Estella Olguin, an agency spokeswoman.

Olguin said the child was placed with a foster family when the agency took emergency custody of the baby Wednesday night.

The agency is attempting to find out the child's name as well as the names of her other relatives, if she has any.

If the child's relatives are found and they are suitable to care for her, the baby could be placed with them.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Houston Chronicle reporter Mike Glenn contributed to this report.