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Newborn kidnapping: Aunt of newborn indicted, left infant outside in duffel bag

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A newborn kidnapping from Wisconsin is back in the news, reports the Des Moines Register today. The aunt of the month-old newborn is accused of kidnapping her half sister’s baby in Wisconsin and leaving the child behind at a freezing Iowa gas station in a duffel bag.

The aunt, 31-year-old Kristin Smith, has been indicted on federal charges.

On Feb. 7, I brought you this story:

Infant found alive: Missing Wisc. infant found alive in duffel bag

Kayden Powell, who was only five days old at the time, was taken from his bassinette next to his sleeping parents inside their Beloit, Wis., home, on Feb 6. Kayden’s mother, 18-year-old Brianna Marshall, and his father, 23-year-old Bruce Powell, found him missing.

Investigators found Kayden the following day, in a duffel bag stuffed inside of a plastic storage bin outside a West Branch, Iowa, gas station. Temps were below zero.

Smith, who was on her way home to Colorado, had been taken into custody prior to Kayden being found. An Amber Alert was issued for Kayden, and police reached Smith on her cell phone as she was driving through Iowa. She pulled into a gas station, where state troopers met her and searched her vehicle. Officers found a baby’s car seat, stroller and clothes, but no signs of her missing nephew.

Smith, who had an unrelated outstanding warrant from Texas, was taken into custody. She later admitted to stealing Kayden. Police returned to the gas station and found Kayden tucked up inside the bag.

According to WebProNews, “Investigators also found a prosthetic pregnancy belly in Smith’s car, including Facebook messages and emails of Smith saying that she had given birth or is pregnant. The police are still conducting an ongoing investigation to get more answers about the incident.”

Smith was formally indicted this week by a federal grand jury on child abduction charges. If found guilty, her charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison, U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil announced.

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