Illegal immigrant list arrives day too late to keep woman accused of Wichita mom’s murder in jail

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Yesenia Sesmas, 34

WICHITA, Kan. — Law enforcement authorities say a Dallas woman accused of killing a Wichita mother and taking her baby was in the country illegally when she was released from a Kansas jail this summer before immigration officials had a chance to request she be held.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Carl Rusnok says the agency did not receive the July 25 list of arrests from the Sedgwick County sheriff’s office showing Yesenia Sesmas’ name on it until the following day, and by that time she had already been released from local custody. He says the agency would have asked that she be detained if Sesmas, a Mexican national, had still been in jail.

Sesmas was arrested Saturday at her Dallas home following last week’s killing of Laura Abarca-Nogueda and the abduction of her 6-day-old daughter, Sophia.