Yesenia Sesmas charged in Sedgwick County court


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The woman accused of murdering a Wichita woman and kidnapping her newborn baby made her first court appearance in Sedgwick County.

Yesenia Sesmas was charged with 10 counts including first-degree murder and kidnapping.

She was booked into the Sedgwick County Detention Center on Wednesday after being extradited back to Sedgwick County from Dallas.

Sesmas is accused of killing Laura Abarca-Nogueda at a west Wichita apartment in November. She then allegedly took the woman’s daughter, Sofia, who was six days old at the time.

Sesmas and the baby were found two days later a Dallas home. The child was not injured and was returned to relatives in Wichita. Sesmas was in custody in Dallas and was served extradition papers Jan. 6.

The judge set her bond at $2 million. She is ordered to have no contact with the victim, baby Sophia.

In a separate case from July of last year, Sesmas is accused of luring three people into a basement to lock them up. She was charged with attempted kidnapping, aggravated battery and one count each of robbery and theft. Her bond in that case was set at $200,000.

Sesmas’ next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 16.

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