Woman Faked Pregnancy, Killed Mother and Stole Baby


Photo above is Yesenia Sesmas, accused killer of the baby’s mother.

A Kansas man came home to find his girlfriend fatally shot and their new born missing.

A 27-year old mother, Laura Abarca-Nogueda was found shot to death at the couple’s Wichita apartment on Thursday, November 17th  and their 6-day-old daughter, Sophia, was nowhere to be found.

Abarca-Nogueda’s boyfriend discovered her body when he returned from work. He immediately started searching the home for their newborn and called 911, Wichita police said.

Members of the Wichita FBI office along with the special agents of the FBI CARD Team began arriving in Wichita, and a command post was set up.  Lt. Ojile with the Wichita police said. “Approximately 25 agents from the FBI continued the investigation.”

On Friday, November 18th, after several conducting interviews, Lt. Todd Ojile identified the woman suspected killing of Laura Abarca-Nogueda and kidnapping Sophia Gonzales as 34-year-old Yesenia Sesmas. Ojile said Sesmas faked a pregnancy and then traveled to Wichita to commit the crimes before returning to Dallas with the baby.

At a news conference on Friday Wichita police Lt. Todd Ojile said that Yesenia Sesmas once lived in Wichita had known the victim for several years.

Dallas SWAT officers served a warrant to search a home in central Dallas at approx. 4:15 a.m. Saturday morning and arrested Sesmas.  The baby, Sophia, was found safe in the home, but as a precaution taken to the Children’s Medical Center to be checked out.  Three others in the home were determined as not being involved in the crime, Ojile said.

Sophia was reunited with her family Saturday evening.  Sesmas was being held Monday afternoon at the Dallas County jail; she is expected to be extradited to Kansas to face first degree murder and kidnapping charges, KAKE Wichita News reported.

“This investigation was extremely complex,” Ojile said. “It involved outstanding collaboration and teamwork from numerous agencies.” Ojile thanked the FBI, the Dallas Police Department, and the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department for their outstanding assistance.

The case will be presented to the Sedgwick County DA’s office Monday afternoon. It has not been determined when Sesmas will be extradited to Wichita.

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