Woman charged with federal kidnapping in Kayden Powell case

Kristen Smith

MADISON (WITI) -- In a complaint filed Friday, February 7th in U.S. District Court in Madison, 31-year-old Kristen Smith from Denver is charged with federal kidnapping in the case of baby Kayden Powell.

The complaint alleges that Smith took the infant from a home in Beloit and took the child across state lines to Iowa. Smith was arrested Thursday in Iowa on unrelated charges and is currently being held at the Cedar County Jail.

If convicted, Smith could face up to life in prison.

Baby Kayden was recovered early Friday morning. The infant was found wrapped in blankets, in a tote bag, outside a gas station in West Branch, Iowa by the West Branch police chief.

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