NEW INFORMATION: Woman indicted in Wisconsin newborn's kidnapping

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted a woman accused of kidnapping her half sister's newborn in Wisconsin and leaving him behind an Iowa gas station.

Jurors in Madison, Wis., returned the indictment Wednesday charging Kristen Smith with kidnapping, which carries a maximum prison sentence of life.

The indictment was expected after the FBI filed a criminal complaint accusing Smith in the Feb. 6 kidnapping of newborn Kayden Powell.

Smith's been jailed in Iowa since her arrest, hours after the baby went missing. Federal authorities will transfer Smith to Wisconsin before a Friday court appearance.

Investigators say Smith took the baby from a Town of Beloit, Wis., home where her half sister was staying, and left him in West Branch, Iowa, in freezing temperatures. He was found alive 29 hours later.
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) --The woman charged with kidnapping a Wisconsin newborn and leaving him behind an Iowa gas station is scheduled to make her initial federal court appearance Friday.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Madison, Wis., says authorities will transfer Kristen Smith to Wisconsin from Iowa sometime before then.

A grand jury is meeting in Madison on Wednesday, but it's unclear whether Smith's case is being heard.

The FBI has filed a complaint accusing Smith in the Feb. 6 kidnapping of newborn Kayden Powell. Smith's been jailed in Iowa since her arrest, hours after the baby went missing.

Investigators say Smith took Kayden from a Wisconsin home where her half sister was staying, and left him in West Branch, Iowa, in freezing temperatures. He was found alive 29 hours later.


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