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State, federal charges filed against alleged Beloit baby kidnapper

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

CEDAR COUNTY, IA (WTAQ) - The woman accused of kidnapping a baby near Beloit, and leaving him in the cold behind a gas station, is now facing both state and federal charges.

A county prosecutor in Iowa charged 31-year-old Kristen Smith Thursday with a state count of child endangerment.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Renander said she remains in jail after making an initial court appearance in Cedar County Iowa. He said Smith endangered young Kayden Powell in, "numerous ways."

Smith is jailed close to where she was arrested last week in West Branch Iowa.

Authorities said she took Powell from a home in the town of Beloit -- and she may have tried taking her to Colorado, where she lives. Police found the baby the next day, and returned him to his mother in Wisconsin.

Smith has been charged in federal court with kidnapping -- but U.S. Marshals are reportedly waiting to take her into custody until a federal grand jury in Madison reviews the case and hands down an indictment.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)