Mother of woman killed, baby stolen takes the stand: ‘She knew that Laura was going to be alone’


The trial of the woman accused of killing a woman and taking her newborn baby to Texas is now in its second day.

Yesenia Sesmas is charged with the murder of Laura Abarca and the kidnapping of her 6-day-old daughter, Sophia. 

Today, the state called several more witnesses to the stand, including Abarca’s mother, Guadalupe Nogueda.

Speaking through an interpreter, she got pretty emotional when asked if her daughter ever discussed giving up her newborn baby to Sesmas.

“How could you? How could you believe my daughter that she could do that, she bought a life insurance policy for her daughter, she breast fed her, how would that even be possible?,” said Nogueda.

Nogeuda says she was living with her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend, Manuel Gonzalez at the time of the incident.

She says Sesmas came by the apartment on November 16, 2016, the day before her daughter was found dead.

Nogueda says Sesmas asked a lot of questions, including if there was security at the apartment complex.

She recalled vividly the reaction of the suspect when she told her she’d be returning to work on November 17, leaving her daughter home alone.

“I was going work, and that Laura was going to be, well, she knew that Laura was going to be alone, and she kind of stopped, half turned around and said maybe I’ll stop by tomorrow,” said Nogueda.

Abarca’s neighbor at the time, Lacy Webb also took the stand this afternoon.

Webb says she returned home on her break from work to find the victim’s door cracked.

“There was a young lady who was looking at me, that was looking at you? They were looking out the door in my direction,” said Webb.

Webb would later identify that person as the defendant in the courtroom, Yesenia Sesmas.

The state also called several more Wichita police officers and detectives that have been involved in the case.

Detective Eric Guzman helped translate conversations that were in Spanish between Abarca and Sesmas that took place over the WhatsApp, leading up to the day Sesmas is accused of shooting and killing Abarca.

Det. Guzman says those messages started at 7:52 p.m. the day before the shooting and ended with one final message sent by Sesmas the morning after Abarca was found dead in her apartment.

“It said, hello friend, how are you? Are you well because Gabby sent me a message asking if I knew what happened with you and since yesterday you didn’t respond I didn’t want to bother and you see I spoke to you about my uncles, I went after all over there, I’m arriving in Indiana,” said Det. Guzman.

It is Abarca’s phone, the state has said all along, was the deal breaker in this case.

Detective Michelle Palmer, the lead detective in the case, took the stand to explain how it played a role in them eventually finding Sesmas.

“In this case, they were able to take the phone number that was associated with Yesenia Sesmas and track her in Dallas, Texas, track her what do you mean by that? They show her location when she left Dallas, coming up to Wichita, showed her near the scene, at the time of the homicide and also showed her going back down to Dallas, or at least her phone,” said Det. Palmer.

The trial is set to resume Friday morning.

That’s when the state is expected to call several witnesses that were coming into town from Texas.

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