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Child-kidnapping suspect could face 25-years in jail

Kristen Smith
Kristen Smith

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A Denver area woman would have to spend at least 25 years in prison if she's convicted of kidnapping her five-day-old nephew near Beloit.

Federal prosecutors in Madison filed a new indictment yesterday against Kristen Smith. It adds a mandatory minimum 25-year sentence because the victim was under-18. The maximum sentence would be life. Smith is accused of kidnapping young Kayden Powell from his mother's house in the town of Beloit in February. Authorities said Smith left the baby behind an Interstate gas station in Iowa in sub-zero temperatures. He survived despite being left in the cold for over a full day.

Smith is scheduled to go on trial July 28th in federal court in Madison. She also faces Iowa state charges in the incident.

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