KIDNAPPING CASE: New Charge Filed

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A woman facing federal kidnapping charges for allegedly stealing her sister’s newborn from a Wisconsin home is now facing charges in Iowa, where the infant was found alive.

Officials say 31-year-old Kristen Smith took her nephew Kayden Powell, who was four days old at the time, from his mother’s home in Beloit, Wisconsin in the early morning hours of February 6th. After identifying Smith as a possible suspect, police spoke with her on her cell phone and asked her to pull over at the nearest gas station. That was in West Branch, Iowa.

A West Branch police officer spoke with Smith about the abduction but she denied taking him. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Texas.

powell_kaydenKayden Powell was found the following morning bundled up in blankets inside a plastic tote box behind a gas station across the street from the store where police made contact with Smith. He was in good health, despite having been in subzero temperatures for more than 24 hours.

Smith was charged in federal court with kidnapping for taking the child across state lines. Her extradition hearing is scheduled for Friday.

Now Smith faces a child endangerment charge in Iowa. She made her initial appearance in Cedar County Court Thursday morning.

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