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Dallas woman, who police say pretended to be pregnant, charged with killing Wichita woman, kidnapping her newborn

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DALLAS — The woman accused of killing a Kansas woman and stealing her baby says in a jailhouse interview that the woman had agreed to give her the child but backed out of the deal at the last moment.

Yesenia Sesmas, 34 of Dallas, was arrested Saturday and charged with killing Laura Abarca-Nogueda, 27, last week and kidnapping her newborn, Wichita Police Lt. Todd Ojile said.

In a television interview in Spanish, Yesenia Sesmas told KUVN-TV of Dallas-Fort Worth that Laura Abarca-Nogueda had agreed to turn over her newborn daughter to her but reneged on the agreement. In the interview in the Dallas County jail, the 34-year-old Dallas woman admitted that she killed Abarca-Nogueda but said she did not mean to. She said she threatened Abarca-Nogueda with a gun when it discharged accidentally.

Police in Wichita, Kan., say Sesmas faked being pregnant for months and had been a longtime acquaintance of the 27-year-old mother, who was found dead Thursday at her home in Wichita. Sesmas was jailed in Dallas.

The baby was reunited with family members in Kansas on Saturday.

 

Jose Abarca, Sophia’s uncle, said getting his niece back gives him back at least part of the little sister he lost.

“Sophia is pretty much the last that we have from my sister,” he told CNN-affiliate KWCH. “I know her name is Sophia, but to me her name is going to be secretly, Laurita, like I call her. I think she’s the image of my sister. A little Laura.”

Abarca-Nogueda’s boyfriend found her on Thursday in her apartment, shot to death, Ojile said.

Wichita police teamed up with a specialized FBI unit dedicated to recovering kidnapped children and tracked the baby to Dallas.

Early Saturday morning, local police raided the home where Sesmas lived with her boyfriend, her son and her niece, Ojile said.

“We can’t forget that this is the best possible outcome to a very sad case,” Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay told CNN-affiliate KAKE on Saturday. “The death of Laura Abarca will be on all of our hearts in the next coming days. … We want to do everything we can to bring this to justice.”