Update: Baby Sophia reunited with family

Baby Sophia with uncle Jose Abarca. (Courtesy: Abarca Family)
Baby Sophia with uncle Jose Abarca. (Courtesy: Abarca Family)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita Police say they have found baby Sophia safe in Dallas, Texas and two people are in custody. After a flight from Dallas, 8-day-old Sophia has been reunited with family.

FAMILY REACTS

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Baby Sophia with her father.(Courtesy: Abarca Family)

The family asked for their privacy as they welcome the infant home, but did send KSN these photos of her with her dad Manuel and uncle Jose Abarca.

KSN spoke with Abarca earlier this afternoon, he says the past two days have been exhausting for the family.

“My pain was unbearable, but my only light at the end of the tunnel was Sophia was still there alive,” said Abarca.

Abarca went as far as calling this a miracle.

“Yes, yes I think it was a miracle she was found,” said Abarca.

However, it’s a bittersweet ending to this tragic story for Abarca, still grieving the loss of his baby sister, Laura Abarca-Nogueda.

“She was so happy when we were together, we always spend quality time as a family, we were so happy she was a mother, this only lasted six days for her, it’s just painful, but I’m glad that Sophia is alive,” said Abarca.

Abarca says the family is planning what comes next for his niece, but thanks everyone involved for her safe return.

POLICE ANNOUNCE SOPHIA IS FOUND

Wichita Police say they have found baby Sophia safe in Dallas, Texas and two people are in custody.

Sophia Victoria Gonzalez Abarca, who is only 8 days old, disappeared from her home in the 200 block of North Brunswick on Thursday. Her father came home around 3:30 p.m. to find her mother, 27-year-old Laura Abarca-Nogueda, dead and the baby missing.

Police now say they have evidence that the child was abducted and taken to Dallas. Around 4:30 a.m., with the help of the police department in Dallas, they executed a search warrant and took two adults into custody and found Sophia healthy and safe.

Chief Gordon Ramsay said the family has been notified and he will be meeting with them shortly.

Chief Ramsay won’t talk about the motivation for taking the baby or the shooting death of the mother. He also did not elaborate on the suspects or more details in the case, but said the two adults in custody did know the family.

“I want to make sure, as chief, I don’t harm the case or put anything in jeopardy,” said Ramsay, as he provided few more details about the case. He said it was a combination of tips, police work and help from the FBI that helped them find baby Sophia.