Murder, Kidnapping Suspect Says Victim Promised Her a Baby

Yesenia Sesmas claims she had a deal
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2016 8:46 AM CST
Yesenia Sesmas   (Dallas County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
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(Newser) – A Texas woman accused of fatally shooting a new mom and kidnapping her baby has told police she did so because the child had been promised to her, reports KWCH. Suspect Yesenia Sesmas, 34 is a former co-worker of 27-year-old Laura Abarca-Nogueda, who was found dead in her Wichita home on Thursday. Sesmas told detectives that she previously lost a child and that Abarca-Nogueda agreed to give her the infant if she had a girl. But when Sesmas arrived in Wichita last week and found Abarca-Nogueda with a days-old infant, she says the new mom changed her mind, reports WFAA. "I only wanted to threaten her in case she wouldn't give [Sophia] to me, but the gun went off," she said, per police. As for Sophia, "I wanted to have her with me as if she were mine."

After learning Sesmas "had faked a pregnancy over the last several months and then had traveled to Wichita," authorities raided her Dallas home on Saturday, reports the Wichita Eagle. Sophia, now 11 days old, was found safe and is back with family members. Sesmas was taken into custody and will be extradited to Kansas to face charges of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping, police say, adding that Sesmas' boyfriend, son, and niece living at the Dallas home knew nothing of her alleged crimes. According to police records, a woman also accused Sesmas of aggravated battery and aggravated kidnapping involving two children in Kansas in July. "I can't believe they let her out of jail," the woman tells the Wichita Eagle. (Read more Kansas stories.)

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