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Police: Suspect in Wichita baby's kidnapping faked pregnancy

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Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said baby Sophia was found alive after authorities executed a search warrant before dawn at a Dallas home. (Wichita Police Department/Facebook) Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said baby Sophia was found alive after authorities executed a search warrant before dawn at a Dallas home. (Wichita Police Department/Facebook)
Wichita police said Monday that 34-year-old Yesenia Sesmas suspect is believed to have known the baby's mother for years. (Wichita Police Department) Wichita police said Monday that 34-year-old Yesenia Sesmas suspect is believed to have known the baby's mother for years. (Wichita Police Department)
WICHITA, KS (AP) -

A Texas woman suspected of kidnapping a newborn had faked a pregnancy for months and was a longtime acquaintance of the girl's mother, who was found shot to death at her Kansas home, authorities said Monday.

Yesenia Sesmas, 34, of Dallas, was being held in a Dallas jail on a Kansas warrant, with first-degree murder and kidnapping charges pending. Authorities who are pursuing the charges are seeking to have her extradited back to Kansas.

The baby was reunited with family members in Kansas on Saturday.

The baby's mother, 27-year-old Laura Abarca-Nogueda, was found dead at her home Thursday, setting off a search for the missing baby. The infant, whose name is Sophia according to police and family members, was six days old when she was reported missing.

Sesmas had known the baby's mother for years and had spent some time in Wichita before returning to Texas to live several months ago, Wichita police Lt. Todd Ojile said. She traveled to Wichita to kidnap the baby, he added.

The FBI joined in the investigation with 25 agents working on the case, Ojile said.

Late Friday night investigators identified a suspect in the case, leading them to a house in Dallas where the baby was found unharmed after a swat team executed a search warrant at 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

The baby was inside the home along with Sesmas. Also living there were Sesmas' boyfriend along with the suspect's son and niece.

Police do not believe the others in the home were aware of the woman's plans, Ojile said.

It’s not the first time a woman has faked a pregnancy to precipitate a newborn abduction.

KCTV5 talked to a psychologist about what motivates that – and what new and expectant mothers need to know in light of this horrific crime.

Psychologist Kenia Gomez said some women who fake a pregnancy do it for attention, affection or a certain kid glove treatment. 

It could also serve as a setup to get closer to their target - the mother of the baby they are plotting to steal. 

“We need to understand the psychology of the person to understand that,” Gomez said. 

Gomez is a psychologist for new mothers at Truman Medical Center. She said the case of baby Sophia could spark serious worry in new moms, who can often have postpartum anxiety about their newborns. 

“The mother hormone to protect their newborn. Hearing that story makes it even worse,” she said. 

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