Authorities found an abducted 6-day-old newborn safe in Dallas after the infant was taken from a murder victim’s Kansas home on Thursday.
Two suspects are currently in custody for the abduction after the baby was found alive on Saturday morning, KWCH 12 reports.
Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay announced at 4 a.m. on Saturday taht a search warrant led authorities to a home in Dallas where the the suspects were arrested and the newborn was found, according to the station.
The child, Sofia Victoria Gonzalez Abarca, was stolen from a Wichita, Kan., home where her 27-year-old mother was fatally shot Thursday. The suspects know the slain woman, but Ramsay did not elaborate on the nature of their relationship, according to KWCH 12.
The disappearance of ‘Baby Sofia’ prompted federal, state and local authorities to make a desperate plea to the public for information.
On Friday, authorities asked residents to report anyone who suddenly acquired a newborn or is purchasing large amounts of formula or baby clothing.
“We have no information. That’s why I’m here, just pleading for information,” Ramsay told the public on Friday. “We’re pleading the the community, asking everybody to help us find Baby Sofia. There’s no doubt she is missing and in danger.”
Sofia’s father, the murder victim’s live-in boyfriend, came home Thursday afternoon to discover Laura Abarca-Nogueda dead – and his daughter nowhere to be found, police said. He was ruled out as a suspect in the case, according to cops.
It’s unclear whether the suspects currently in custody are also suspected in the woman’s murder.
Police sent out an alert on Thursday night that a driver of purple Cadillac was a person of interest in the murder and child abduction. He is not considered a suspect, the Kansas City Star reported.
The FBI deployed a team specializing in child abductions and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said it dispatched members of its “Team Adam” – retired law enforcement officers – to assist in their search for Sofia.
An Amber alert was not issued because no suspect had been identified in the perplexing case until Saturday morning, according to the Kansas City Star.
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