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Published on May 20, 2024
New Braunfels Mother Fights for Justice a Year After Daughter's Disappearance in San AntonioSource: GoFundMe/Stephanie Kegley

A New Braunfels mother continues to grapple with her anguish a year after her daughter vanished without a trace and her ex-boyfriend was charged with the capital murder. 19-year-old Andreanna Flores disappeared on May 18, 2023, on the northwest side of San Antonio, where she was allegedly visiting the father of her child. Gilberto Sepulveda now stands accused of her murder.

Andrea Winter, the distraught mother, has been tenaciously searching for truth and justice for her daughter. "Why did you take my baby away from me?” Winter said, as she anticipates the day she can confront Sepulveda in court. Winter's convictions were echoed by law enforcement, with one detective crediting her persistence for the advancements in the case, "If it wasn’t for you,” a detective told Winter, according to KENS 5.

Sepulveda, who was slapped with among other charges, maintains his innocence against the allegations. His bonds have been set at a total of $813,000. Harder still for Winter is the agonizing wait for the return of her daughter's remains. "We’ll get to have my baby home, soon," Winter hopes, as she spoke to KENS 5.

Aside from grappling with the legal process, Winter faces the daily reality of raising her daughter’s two young children. She clings to the memory of a gentle mother, "She loved her babies. She was just a beautiful soul." A GoFundMe page has been set up to support Winter and the children with funeral costs and living expenses, highlighting the community's solidarity in times of tragedy.

Winter's resolve remains steadfast as she readies for the forthcoming trial, which could be 18 months away. Her daughter's story, an urgent clarion call to the perilous shadows of domestic violence, compels Winter's every action. "She was in me the whole way of fighting this fight and my fight is not done," Winter said to KENS 5