Woman accused of killing Wichita mother, kidnapping baby competent for trial

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Yesenia Sesmas (left) and Laura Abarca-Nogueda with Baby Sophia Yesenia Sesmas (left) and Laura Abarca-Nogueda with Baby Sophia
WICHITA, Kan. (WBJ) -

A judge has ruled that a 35-year-old woman accused of killing a Wichita mother and kidnapping her newborn child is competent to stand trial.

Trial for Yesenia Sesmas is scheduled to begin on March 26. She's charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, aggravated interference with parental custody and other counts.

The Texas woman allegedly drove from Dallas to Wichita in November of 2016 to meet 27-year-old Laura Abarca, a friend she had met years ago working at a local restaurant.

Abarca had her baby just five days before she was shot in her west Wichita apartment and her newborn taken across state lines. Abarca's boyfriend discovered the new mother dead on a couch and their newborn baby missing.

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The break in case happened when authorities were able to track Sesmas as a potential suspect through a chatting app on Abarca phone. Baby Sophia was found two days later in the Dallas home where Sesmas lived.

During a previous interview with detectives, Sesmas admitted to shooting Abarca after Abarca allegedly went back on a deal to give Sesmas her baby.

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