UPDATE: Woman Charged In Kidnapping to Stay Jailed In Iowa

By: WIFR Newsroom; AP
By: WIFR Newsroom; AP

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The woman accused of kidnapping her sister’s baby before abandoning the child at an Iowa gas station, delivers a message to the infant’s mother today.

Kristen Smith’s defense attorney says Smith hopes her half-sister is doing okay, saying she “understands” the baby’s mother has gone through an ordeal.

Police say smith kidnapped Kayden Powell from the Town of Beloit last week, before dumping the child outside. Today, she was in court on an unrelated charge. She’s facing a warrant out of Texas, charging her with tampering with government documents.

Smith’s attorney says she hopes her sister is recovering.

“Ms. Smith did ask me to just make a statement on her behalf very briefly. She just wanted to express concern for her sister,” said Victoria Noel, Smith’s attorney.

Smith has been ordered to remain in the Cedar County Jail in Iowa on $50,000 bond. Federal prosecutors are expected to seek an indictment in the kidnapping case.


TIPTON, Iowa (AP) -- The defense attorney for a woman charged with kidnapping her half sister's newborn from Wisconsin, says her client hopes her half-sister is doing OK.

Attorney Victoria Noel said Friday that her client, Kristen Smith, wants to express concern for her half sister because she understands "she has gone through an ordeal."

Federal prosecutors have charged Smith with kidnapping Kayden Powell on Feb. 6 and leaving him at an Iowa gas station. She has been jailed in Iowa since her arrest last week.

Noel made the comments on Smith's behalf to reporters after a court hearing in which Smith declined to challenge her extradition on a warrant from Texas.


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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