Police: Baby Sophia found safe, reunited with family in Wichita

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The family of a Wichita baby kidnapped last week and then rescued in Dallas say the infant say they have been reunited with the infant.

Lt. Todd Ojile identified the woman suspected killing of Laura Abarca-Nogueda and kidnapping Sophia Gonzales is 34-year-old Yesenia Sesmas. Ojile said she faked a pregnancy and then traveled to Wichita to commit the crimes before returning to Dallas with the baby.

Sesmas was booked in Dallas on a Sedgwick County warrant for first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping. 

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The family of a baby missing since the Thursday afternoon shooting death of her mother says the 8-day-old is now safely reunited with family in Wichita. While preparing Baby Sophia for a bath, Israel Abarca got emotional when he realized his niece would not have her mother, telling KAKE over the phone, he wished his sister was here to take care of her daughter.

Chief Gordon Ramsay of the Wichita Police Department said in a news conference today that Sophia Gonzales was found safe in Dallas this morning. Early Saturday evening Ramsay tweeted the child was on a plane with two WPD officers headed back for Wichita.

At about 4:30 this morning Dallas police executed a search warrant at a residence in central Dallas. 8-day-old Sophia Gonzales was found in the home and was safely taken into protective custody before being flown to Wichita an reunited with family. 

Ramsay said two people were in custody, and investigators from Wichita traveled to Dallas.  The names two people in custody have not been released but a Dallas Police Spokesperson told WFAA-Dallas they face charges of capital murder and kidnapping. Ramsay said the suspects did know Sophia's mother, 27-year-old Laura Abarca-Nogueda, who was found shot to death in her west Wichita apartment on Thursday. 

"Family has been notified and we are working to reunite them as soon as possible," Ramsay said this morning.

Ramsay said he could not speculate on why the baby was taken or why her mother, Abarca-Nogueda was shot and killed. 

"We can't forget that this is the best possible outcome to a very sad case," Ramsay said. "The death of Laura Abarca will be on all of our hearts in the next coming days. ... We want to do everything we can to bring this to justice."

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Laura Abarca-Noguedawas was pronounced dead after a shooting Thursday afternoon in west Wichita, and officers are searching for her missing newborn daughter. The FBI has now joined in the search.

Officers are searching for week-old Sophia Gonzales who was last seen around 1 p.m. Thursday. She is is considered "missing and endangered."

Officers were called around 3:30 p.m. to a shooting at a four-plex in the 200 block of North Brunswick. That's a few blocks north of Maple and just west of Ridge Road. Lt. Todd Ojile said the 27-year-old woman's boyfriend returned to their apartment to find she had been shot. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified her as Laura Abarca-Nogueda. 

The boyfriend informed officers that their daughter was missing from the residence. Officers conducted a secondary search but did not find the baby. 

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"We are considering this a suspicious death and [we know] that we have a baby missing and that's what we need to focus on is finding this little girl," Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said Thursday. 

Police said Sophia's father is not considered a suspect.

An FBI team specializing in child abduction is assisting local law enforcement. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the FBI's tip line at 1-800-CALL FBI

Police had been looking for a purple Cadillac de Ville in connection with the case, but Sgt. Woodrow said Thursday night that the occupant was located.

An Amber Alert has not been issued, because police do not have a suspect identified. 

The police department released the following statement regarding the issuance or non-issuance of an Amber Alert:

"It is important to understand what the criteria is for an Amber alert to be issued. 

One of the criteria includes knowing suspect information to be able to put out to the public 

At this time the Wichita Police department does not have any suspect information to put out, therefore no Amber alert can be issued at this time.

The Wichita Police Department is working closely with the KBI and if any facts change, and a suspect is determined, an Amber alert will be issued immediately.

Again, what's important to focus on at this time is that there is a six day old missing and we need to share this information in order to help find her."

"We are going with media, social media, you guys. This has been shared thousands of times, so us as a community, we can pull together and find this 6-day-old girl," Sgt. Woodrow said. "Any neighbors or witnesses have any information or had contact with the victim after 1:00 PM ... please contact police."

Thursday's shooting death is Wichita's 28th homicide of 2016.

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