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Texas woman guilty in Kansas woman's death, stealing baby

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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, Kan. (AP) - A Texas woman has been convicted of killing a new mother in Kansas and kidnapping her baby.

A Sedgwick County jury on Tuesday found 36-year-old Yesenia Sesmas guilty of first-degree premeditated and intentional murder, kidnapping and interference with parental custody.

Prosecutors say she shot 27-year-old Laura Abarca in November 2016 at Abarca's Wichita apartment and abducted 6-day-old Sophia Gonzales.

The baby was found safe about two days after the abduction at Sesmas' apartment in Dallas.

Investigators said after Sesmas faked a pregnancy when she lost her unborn child, she drove to Wichita and Abarca in the head. The two women had worked together in the past.

Sesmas had contended Abarca agreed to give her the baby after Sophie was born but changed her mind at the last minute.

Authorities say she was in the country illegally

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