- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A woman accused of killing a Wichita woman and kidnapping her newborn baby had been in contact with the victim shortly before the crimes occurred, according to recently released court documents.

Yesenia Sesmas, 34, has been charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and aggravated interference with parental custody. She is accused of killing Laura Abarca, 27, and kidnaping Abarca’s 6-day-old newborn in November.

Documents released in court Monday say a woman who went by the name of Yesenia Amiguita exchanged messages in Spanish with Abarca the day before and the day of the killing and kidnapping, the Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/2lSNsej ) reported.

In some messages, the woman asks Abarca what time her boyfriend went to work and for her address. The phone number used by the Amiguita woman has been linked to Sesmas.

Abarca was found dead on her living room couch by her boyfriend. Investigators said she was shot in the head and had no defensive wounds. The newborn and two diaper bags were missing, with no signs of a struggle.

Sesmas was later found with the infant in Dallas and arrested. The child was not injured and was returned to relatives in Wichita.

Sesmas is scheduled to appear in court on March 16. She is being held at Sedgwick County on $2.2 million bond, according to court records.

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

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