MADISON, Wis. (WKOW/KTIV) -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, John Vaudreuil, announced federal kidnapping charges against 31-year-old Kristen Smith, of Denver, Colorado.Smith is charged with kidnapping six-day-old Kayden Powell, of Beloit, Wisconsin in the early morning hours Thursday, February 6.
In the criminal complaint, police say they found emails from Smith on her phone that stated she had given birth herself on February 5.
They also found a fake pregnant belly in Smith's vehicle.
Police say Smith denied having anything to do with the missing baby until taking a lie detector test.
She then gave police a map of where she left the baby behind a BP station near the gas station she met police.
The criminal complaint says Smith left the baby in a plastic tote box behind the station before she met the local officer on Thursday morning.
The infant was found outside a gas station in West Branch, Iowa by the West Branch Police Chief Friday morning.
The criminal complaint states Smith took the baby from a home in the Town of Beloit, Wisconsin and transported him across state lines to Iowa. Smith was arrested Thursday on unrelated charges and is currently being held in the Cedar County Jail.
Smith faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison if she is convicted.
The charge against her is the result of an investigation by the Town of Beloit Police Department, Beloit Police Department, Rock County Sheriff's Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation, Illinois State Police, Iowa State Patrol, and West Branch Police Department.
MADISON, Wis. (SUBMITTED) – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced Friday that Kristen R. Smith, 31, Denver, has been charged with kidnapping, in a complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Madison.
The infant was recovered Friday. The baby was found outside a gas station in West Branch, Iowa, by the police chief of the West Branch Police Department.
The complaint alleges that on February 6, 2014, Smith took the infant from a home in Wisconsin and transported 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 in Tipton, Iowa.
If convicted of the federal kidnapping charge, Smith will face a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.
The charge against Smith is the result of an investigation by the Town of Beloit Police Department; Beloit Police Department; Rock County Sheriff’s Office; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; Illinois State Police; Iowa State Patrol; and West Branch (Iowa) Police Department. The prosecution of this matter will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie S. Pfluger.
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