Suspect in Murder of Kansas Mom and Abduction of Her Newborn Allegedly Faked Pregnancy for Months
Yesenia Sesmas was arrested in Dallas on Saturday following a two-day, multi-state search for newborn Sophia Gonzales
Authorities have named a suspect in the alleged murder of a Kansas woman and the abduction of her six-day-old daughter, PEOPLE confirms.
Yesenia Sesmas, 34, was arrested in Dallas on Saturday following a two-day, multi-state search for newborn Sophia Gonzales, who was allegedly kidnapped after her mother, Laura Abarca-Nogueda, was fatally shot in her Wichita, Kansas, home Thursday.
Police believe Sesmas and Abarca-Nogueda knew each other for a few years, Wichita police Lt. Todd Ojile said at a press conference on Monday, adding that Sesmas allegedly faked a pregnancy in the months leading up to the alleged crimes.
Sesman allegedly lived in Wichita earlier this year before moving to Dallas. She is being held in Dallas for kidnapping and first-degree murder charges, Ojile said.
Sesman has not yet entered a plea. It is unclear whether Sesman has an attorney or if she will be extradited back to Kansas. At the press conference, Ojile told reporters the Sedgwick County district attorney’s office is scheduled to review the case on Friday.
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On Thursday, Wichita police responding to reports of gunshots arrived to find Abarca-Nogueda fatally shot in her home. A search was launched immediately for Sophia, who was then 6 days old.
Sophia was discovered in Sesman’s Dallas home after an anonymous tip late Friday night, Ojile said. Sesman, her boyfriend, her son and her niece were in the residence when police conducted their search, he said.
Sophia appeared to be unharmed, Ojile said. She was returned to her family Saturday afternoon.
Authorities announced on Saturday that two adults had been taken into custody in connection with the crime. Ojile did not comment on a possible second adult taken into custody and Wichita police did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s inquiries.
A GoFundMe page has been started to raise money for Abarca-Nogueda’s funeral.
“Laura Orquidea Abarca-Nogueda was a vibrant, beautiful woman, who’s life got taken from us far to soon,” reads the page description. “She was a loving mother to her daughter Sophia, a devoted girlfriend, also a caring sister, [daughter] and aunt, simply a friend to us all.”