Saturday 17 March 2018

Abducted newborn discovered 585km from where mum was shot and killed

Sophie Gonzales (Photo: Wichita Police)
Sophie Gonzales (Photo: Wichita Police)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A newborn girl was found safe and well two days after she was allegedly abducted after her mother was shot and killed.

The young girl, named Sophie Gonzales, was found on Saturday morning at a house in Dallas, Texas, a total of 585km from her home in Wichita, Kansas.

Police took two adults into custody after the child was recovered.

The newborn's mother, Laura Abarca-Nogueda, was shot and killed and the child, aged 6 days old, was taken from the scene on Thursday, People reports.

A motive has not yet been established for the killing.

Wichita Police Department public information officer Sgt. Nikki Woodrow released a press statement on Twitter.

She said a possible suspect was identified on Friday and police established the child was most likely in Dallas.

“An infant, believed to be Sophia Gonzales, was recovered alive in the residence,” Woodrow confirmed in the statement.

“We are thankful Sophia will soon be reunited with her family."

The baby girl was set to return to her father on Saturday afternoon and police said they are now investigating a homicide-abduction.

Wichita Police Department confirmed the suspects in custody knew the family, but did not detail the relationship.

They described the case as "complicated".

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