Police: Missing baby reunited with family, woman in custody


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Texas woman who faked her pregnancy kidnapped a baby whose mother was found shot to death at her Kansas home.

Wichita police said Monday that the 34-year-old Dallas suspect is believed to have known the baby’s mother for years.

The baby’s mother, 27-year-old Laura Abarca-Nogueda, was found shot to death at her home Thursday, setting off a search for missing baby Sofia. The baby was six days old when she was reported missing.

Wichita police Lt. Todd Ojile says Sofia was reunited with family members on Saturday.

The suspect is being held in Dallas on suspicion of first-degree murder and kidnapping. The case is expected to be presented to the Sedgwick County district attorney’s office later Monday for charges and extradition to Kansas.

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This story has been corrected to reflect the baby’s name is spelled Sofia.

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