Yesenia Sesmas in court for preliminary hearing

Yesenia Sesmas, the woman accused of killing a Wichita mother and stealing her child, was in court for a preliminary hearing Thursday. (KSN News)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The woman accused of killing a Wichita mother and stealing her child was bound over for trial.

Yesenia Sesmas was extradited from Texas last month, where officials say they found Baby Sophia with her three days after the infant was kidnapped in Wichita on Nov. 17. She’s charged with killing Laura Abarca-Nogueda at a west Wichita apartment. She then allegedly took the woman’s daughter, Sophia, who was six days old at the time. Sesmas and the baby were found two days later in a Dallas home. The child was not injured and was returned to relatives in Wichita.

During Thursday’s preliminary hearing, Manuel Gonzalez, Sophia’s father, testified that he and Laura were nervous but excited to have a baby. Gonzalez said he came home from work and saw the door slightly open. He said he went inside and saw Laura on the couch covered in blood. He said his baby was not at home and he ran to neighbors for help.

An officer first on the scene said he entered the apartment through a cracked door and saw a woman on the couch. The officer said Gonzalez told him they had a baby. The officer and sergeant searched the apartment and found no baby but saw a crib.

A lead detective also testified about interviewing Sesmas after she was arrested in Dallas.

“She said that she had the firearm pointed at Laura and was standing in front of her, and then the gun went off. She fired a round, and it went into Laura’s forehead and that was Laura was bleeding from the head,” said Detective Michelle Tennyson, Wichita Police Department.

After testimony from several witnesses, a judge decided there was enough evidence for Sesmas to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, and aggravated interference with parental custody. Her trial is scheduled for April 17.

A second preliminary hearing also took place from a case back in July. In that, Sesmas is accused of luring three people into a basement to lock them up. She was charged with three counts of attempted kidnapping, two counts of aggravated battery, and one count each of robbery and theft. The trial for that is also set fro April 17.

KSN’s John Asebes is following both hearings. Follow him below on Twitter.



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