Suspect in baby Sophia abduction speaks out

Yesenia Sesmas (Courtesy: Dallas County Sheriff’s Department)
Yesenia Sesmas (Courtesy: Dallas County Sheriff’s Department)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Yesenia Sesmas was arrested Saturday in Dallas accused of killing Laura Abarca-Nogueda and kidnapping her week old baby.

Sesmas told a reporter in Dallas, in an interview she did while in jail, that she has been living in the U.S. for more than 18 years but is undocumented and has known Abarca for nearly 10 years.

According to Sesmas, she and Abarca made a pact last August.

“I said I had already lost a baby, and she said she’d give me the girl,” said Sesmas.

Last Thursday, a week after Sophia was born, Sesmas says she went to pick up the child, but Abarca retracted her part of deal, wanting to keep her baby.

Sesmas says she was not going to accept this outcome and decided to threaten Abarca.

“I just wanted to threaten her with the gun but the gun went off,” said Sesmas. She said it was an accident that she shot Abarca but then took the baby to Dallas.

When asked what she planned to do with the baby, she said she planned to keep Sophia like she was her own daughter.

“I’m guilty because of what I did, but I didn’t mean to,” said Sesmas.

Sesmas told the Dallas reporter that last July, she was detained because a woman accused her of kidnapping and assault, but she claims she was let go because of a lack of evidence.

The Wichita Police department confirms that Sesmas was arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery and aggravated kidnapping. She bonded out of jail one day after being arrested.

The WPD tells KSN they presented the case to the District Attorney. The District Attorney’s office says that because Sesmas has not made a first appearance in the case, the case is sealed to the public. The office will not confirm whether or not Sesmas has been charged in the July case.

Sesmas, who says she acted alone, will be extradited back to Wichita to face charges in Laura Abarca-Nogueda’s murder. The District Attorney charged Sesmas, but will not reveal what charges are in the case, until she makes her first appearance before a judge. It could take up to 90 days for the extradition to be processed.