Aunt Pleads Not Guilty To Kidnapping Charge

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A woman accused of abducting her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him outside a gas station in Iowa plead not guilty Wednesday in Madison to a federal kidnapping charge.

Prosecutors say Kristen Smith of Aurora, Colorado kidnapped 4-day-old Kayden Powell on February 6th from the Beloit home where his parents were staying.

Police arrested her at a gas station hours later and discovered the baby in a crate outside of another gas station along Interstate 80 near West Branch the next morning. The child was alive and well despite being left in frigid temperatures for more than 24 hours.

Last week, a federal grand jury indicted Smith on the kidnapping count, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker scheduled her trial to begin on June 23rd.

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