UPDATE: Woman Found Guilty in Town of Beloit Kidnapping

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UPDATE: MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A jury has convicted a woman of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him outside an Iowa gas station in freezing temperatures.

Kristen Smith was convicted Thursday of kidnapping, which carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

The 31-year-old woman testified she took the boy in February at the father's request. She said the parents were planning to come live with her in Colorado.

The Aurora, Colorado, woman says she ditched the 4-day-old baby outside of a gas station in a moment of panic as police closed in on her. The baby survived, despite spending 29 hours in frigid temperatures.
Prosecutors dismissed Smith's explanation as ludicrous. They said Smith stole the baby to try to pass him off as her own.

Sentencing has been scheduled for October 27, 2014.


UPDATE: The jury is deliberating the case of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and leaving him at an Iowa gas station in frigid temperatures.

The attorney for thirty-one-year-old Kristen Smith said Thursday the government is misinterpreting her motives.

Prosecutors say she 4-day-old Kayden Powell from the Town of Beloit in February. As police closed in, she put him inside a plastic tote and left him at an Iowa gas station.

Smith says Kayden's father asked her to take him because the parents were moving in with her soon.

Prosecutors say Smith was actually scheming to pass the boy off as her own.

Defense attorney Matthew Noel said Smith already has four children and a stepchild, so she'd have no need to steal a child.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The attorney for a Colorado woman accusing of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin says the government's case against her doesn't add up.

Thirty-one-year-old Kristen Smith took 4-day-old Kayden Powell from the Town of Beloit in February. As police closed in, she put him inside a plastic tote and left him at an Iowa gas station.

Smith says Kayden's father asked her to take him because the parents were moving in with Smith in a few days anyway.

Prosecutors say Smith was actually scheming to pass the boy off as her own.

During closing statements Thursday, defense attorney Matthew Noel said Smith already has four children and a stepchild. He says she'd have no need to steal a child, and that prosecutors are misrepresenting her motives.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- In their closing statements, federal prosecutors say a Colorado woman faked a pregnancy, and then kidnapped her newborn nephew in Wisconsin in hopes of passing him off as her own son.

Prosecutor Stephen Sinnott on Thursday described 31-year-old Kristen Smith as a manipulative liar whose defense defies common sense.

Smith took 4-day-old Kayden Powell from the Town of Beloit in February. As police closed in she swaddled him inside a plastic tote that she left at an Iowa gas station.

Smith testified that the boy's father asked her to Kayden to Denver, and the parents would join her in a few days.

Sinnott says no new parents would send their newborn away without formula, diapers and other supplies. He also says a filled-out birth certificate application in Smith's home shows she planned to pass Kayden off as her own son, Kaysin.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Jurors are set to begin deliberating in the federal trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures.

The testimony phase finished Wednesday. The prosecution and defense will give closing statements Thursday, and jurors will begin considering a kidnapping charge against 31-year-old Kristen Smith.

Smith testified that she took the 4-day-old boy in February because his parents were planning to move into her Denver home within a few days, and the father suggested she take the boy ahead of time. She says she planned to bring the child back when she realized the mother was distraught.

But prosecutors say Smith repeatedly denied knowing where the boy was.

A police chief found the child safe after he spent 29 hours in subfreezing temperatures.


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