NEW INFORMATION: Suspect in baby's kidnapping due in court in Iowa

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TIPTON, Iowa (AP) -- The woman charged with kidnapping a Wisconsin newborn and leaving him behind an Iowa gas station is due in court Friday.

An extradition hearing's scheduled for Kristen Smith on a Texas warrant charging her with tampering with government records.

Federal prosecutors have charged Smith with kidnapping Kayden Powell but have yet to take her into federal custody. She's been jailed on the Texas warrant and an Iowa child endangerment charge.

Investigators say Smith took her half sister's baby from a southern Wisconsin home Feb. 6. After the baby's mother reported him missing, police contacted Smith as she was driving through Iowa and ordered her to stop for questioning.

She denied knowledge of Kayden's whereabouts, but was arrested on the Texas warrant. Police found the child alive about 29 hours later.

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Posted: Thu 11:39 AM, Feb 13, 2014

An Iowa prosecutor has filed a child endangerment charge against a woman suspected of kidnapping of a newborn baby and leaving him behind a gas station.

Cedar County Attorney Jeffrey Renander filed the charge Thursday against Kristen R. Smith, saying she endangered newborn Kayden Powell "in numerous ways."

Renander says Smith made an initial court appearance and remains at the county jail.

Smith was arrested last week in West Branch, Iowa, on an outstanding warrant. The next day, the police chief found the baby in a storage crate outside a gas station in freezing weather.

Police say Smith kidnapped her half-sister's newborn from a southern Wisconsin home.

Federal prosecutors in Wisconsin have charged Smith with kidnapping, but she hasn't yet been taken into federal custody.

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A woman who claims to be related to the Beloit newborn who was recently found in Iowa is now accused of kidnapping him.

On Friday, The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin filed a federal kidnapping charge against Kristin Smith of Denver. A criminal complaint shows that Smith said she had given birth on February 5. Pregnancy tests revealed that she was not pregnant. WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee reports that officers found a prosthetic pregnancy belly in Smith's car. She later admitted that she took Kayden Powell from her sister's home in Beloit. She also gave investigators directions on where to find the child.

Police say Powell was found at a gas station in eastern Iowa Friday morning. He's said to be in excellent health.
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TOWN OF BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have charged a Denver woman with kidnapping a newborn from his southern Wisconsin home.

U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil filed the charge against Kristin Smith on Friday afternoon, hours after an Iowa police chief discovered six-day-old Kayden Powell alive and well in a plastic storage bin outside a West Branch, Iowa, gas station.

The newborn disappeared from the Town of Beloit house where he was staying with his mother early Thursday morning. Police arrested Smith hours later at a gas station about a half-mile from the station where the newborn was found.

Smith faces life in prison if she's convicted.
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TOWN OF BELOIT, Wis. (AP) --Police say a newborn missing from a southern Wisconsin home has been found alive at an eastern Iowa gas station.

Town of Beloit Police Chief Steven Kopp says an officer checking along an interstate near West Branch, Iowa, found the nearly week-old Kayden Powell on Friday morning.

Gas station manager Jay Patel says the baby was found in a closed, gray plastic storage bin and that the FBI took it and surveillance video from the station.

No arrests have been made in connection to the baby.

Authorities say the child appears to be in good condition and has been taken to a hospital for evaluation. They had been looking for the baby since early Thursday when his mother discovered him missing from a bassinet in a Town of Beloit home.
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TOWN OF BELOIT, Wis. (AP) --Police say a newborn missing from a southern Wisconsin home has been found alive at a gas station in eastern Iowa.

Town of Beloit Police Chief Steven Kopp says the nearly week-old baby was discovered by an officer checking along an interstate near West Branch on Friday morning.

FBI acting special agent G.B. Jones said at a news conference the officer heard the newborn crying and discovered the child swaddled in a tote bag outside a gas station. Authorities say the child appears to be in good condition.

Federal, state and local law enforcement officers had been looking for the baby since early Thursday when his mother discovered him missing from a bassinet in a Town of Beloit home.
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BELOIT, Wis. (WEAU) -- Investigators say 6-day-old baby, Kayden Powell, has been found alive, and that he appears to be in good health.

Our sister-station WMTV-TV in Madison reports that Powell was found in a duffel bag at 10:15 a.m. at a gas station. Police say they are in the process of reuniting him with his family.

There's no word on who will be charged in the apparent kidnapping case. Police are consulting with the Rock County District Attorney as well as the state.
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TOWN OF BELOIT, Wis. (WEAU) -- Our sister-station WMTV is reporting the Town of Beloit Police Department will hold a press conference at 11:00 a.m. this morning on their investigation into the missing newborn.

Kayden Powell was reported missing early Thursday morning, and has not been found.

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In a six o'clock press conference in Beloit, authorities say they do not have any suspects in custody in relation to missing infant, Kayden Powell.

Officials with the Town of Beloit police and Rock Co. Sheriff's Office says they will continue to investigate the case through out the night.

Officials plan to hold another press conference on the status of the investigation, tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m., unless a major development comes down on the investigation.

Anyone who has information regarding Kayden’s whereabouts, or any other information pertaining to this case, is strongly urged to contact the Amber Tipline at (608) 758-8477 or the Rock County Communications Center at (608) 757-2244.

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Town of Beloit Police say they have no suspects right now as they search for a baby that went missing from a local home.
Update from our sister-station WMTV -

Police say they have interviewed eight people in this case. All of those interviewed were known to be in the house within 12 hours of the time the 5-day-old baby was reported missing.

One of those people was Kristen Smith, the woman who was arrested around 5:30 this morning in Iowa. She is not a suspect in the case.

Police say all eight people they have interviewed have been cooperative. There were four at the home when the baby was reported missing: the mother, father, a brother of the mother and a great grandmother.

There was no forced entry into the home. Police say this is still an active search.

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Update from our sister-station in Milwaukee, WTMJ --

Police tell WTMJ the newborn infant is still missing, but officials in West Branch, Iowa have arrested the infant's aunt.

The suspect left the Town of Beloit home Thursday morning to return to her residence in Colorado. She was subsequently arrested on a warrant out of Texas.

Police said she is being considered a person of interest.

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Federal and state law enforcement agencies are helping local authorities in a search for a 5-day-old baby in Rock County.

Authorities say the newborn's mother called 911 after waking about 4:30 a.m. Thursday to find the child, Kayden Powell, missing from his bassinet in a room where she was sleeping at a home in the Town of Beloit.

Town Police Chief Steven Kopp says the 18-year-old mother, Brianna Marshall, and the infant's 23-year-old father, Bruce Powell, were staying at the house. Kopp told a Janesville newspaper investigators are questioning people who were at the house Wednesday night.

Kopp says the incident is not believed to be a custody dispute. The chief says an Amber Alert was not issued because the disappearance doesn't meet the criteria.

The FBI and Wisconsin Department of Justice are assisting with the investigation.

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Town of Beloit Police are releasing more information as they search for an infant that was reported missing from a home Thursday morning.

Police took a call at 4:34 a.m. for a report of a 5-day-old child missing from 836 E. Homeland Court. The mother, Brianna Marshall, awoke and found the baby missing.

The baby's name as Kayden Powell. Police say Kayden is African American, 20 inches long, 6 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Officers and agents are in the process of locating and interviewing friends and family members. The home is being processed for physical evidence.

Anyone with information on this incident can contact the Town of Beloit Police Department at 608-757-2244, or Greater Beloit Crimestoppers at 608-362-7463.

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Federal and state law enforcement agencies are helping local authorities in a search for a 4-day-old baby in Rock County.

Authorities say the newborn's mother called 911 after waking about 4:30 a.m. Thursday to find the child, Kayden Powell, missing from his bassinet in a room where she was sleeping at a home in the Town of Beloit.

Town Police Chief Steven Kopp says the 18-year-old mother, Brianna Marshall, and the infant's 23-year-old father, Bruce Powell, were staying at the house. Kopp tells The Janesville Gazette investigators are questioning people who were at the house Wednesday night.

Kopp says the incident is not believed to be a custody dispute. The chief says an Amber Alert was not issued because the disappearance doesn't meet the criteria.

The FBI and Wisconsin Department of Justice are assisting with the investigation.


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