Robert Flores to testify Thursday in baby's death

Posted at: 01/30/2013 10:03 PM
Updated at: 01/31/2013 1:19 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Photo: Robert Flores
Photo: Robert Flores

He was the former star quarterback for Artesia High School, but Wednesday he found himself in a courtroom, more than five years after his 4-month-old daughter ended up dead when he allegedly left her home alone so he could go buy beer.

"Hopefully we get justice for Kalynne," Crystal Esquibel, who testified, said.

Flores' daughter was born on July 24, 2007.

Prosecutor Jacinto Palomino said, in December 2007 Flores put baby Kalynne in a basket full of clothes and put it in a closet, while he went to the store.

"He places the child in this laundry basket because he doesn't want to take the child with him to the store nor does he want the neighbors to hear the child cry," Palomino said.

Palomino said Flores forgot about Kalynne, started watching a movie and drinking, and later when he remembered, found her dead in the clothes basket where he left her.

"The state, the prosecution, is trying to take a tragedy and turn it into a terrible crime," Defense Attorney Mark Pickett said.

Pickett recalled words that were said by some of the investigators back in 2007. "You put her on top of clothes, that doesn't kill a child," Pickett said.

But then what did, are among unanswered questions friends and family have had for more than five years now. "Very frustrating, to have it been so long," Esquibel said.