- Associated Press - Sunday, November 27, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Donations have been pouring in for a Wichita baby who was kidnapped after her mother was shot to death.

A GoFundMe account set up to collect money to bury the mother of a kidnapped Wichita infant was close to meeting its $15,000 goal, The Wichita Eagle reported (https://j.mp/2fzl1Rf).

Laura Abarca-Nogueda, 27, was shot to death in her home last week. Her 6-day-old baby, Sophia, was reported missing and was recovered a couple days later at a home in Dallas. The baby has been reunited with family.

Abarca-Nogueda’s funeral is set for Wednesday.

Her family has said that any money collected through the crowdfunding effort that is left over after paying for burial expenses will go to help raise the baby. Several other local fundraising efforts also are underway to collect items for Sophia.

“I just want to thank everybody for all the support and help,” the baby’s uncle, Jose Abarca, said in a live Facebook video Wednesday. The footage showed piles of clothing and other baby items waiting to be sorted through.

“And it’s really amazing what you guys did for her,” he said.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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