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Extradition to Wisconsin for Kristen Smith may take up to a week

Kristin Smith (Photo from: Cedar County Sheriff’s Office)
Kristin Smith (Photo from: Cedar County Sheriff’s Office)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - It might be a week before a Denver woman returns to Wisconsin to face charges in the kidnapping of a relative's baby from the Beloit area.

Federal prosecutors in Madison have issued a warrant in which 31-year-old Kristen Smith could be arrested at any time. But local authorities expect Smith to remain in a jail in Tipton Iowa until a federal grand jury hands down an indictment -- and that's expected early next week.

Officials said Smith was visiting her half-sister's house in the Town of Beloit early last Thursday when she took young Kayden Powell away. He was just five days old at the time.

Authorities said Smith was driving home to Colorado when she was stopped at West Branch Iowa on Thursday. She denied taking the infant, but police later found Kayden wrapped in blankets in a plastic storage bin behind a gas station. He was later reunited with his parents.

Meanwhile, Rock County authorities released a nine-minute 911 call Monday in which the child's mother did not suspect that Smith had taken the baby. 18-year-old Brianna Marshall was convinced at the time that her half-sister would never do that.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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