Woman Accused of Kidnapping Beloit Newborn Faces Potentially Long Sentence

Woman Accused of Kidnapping Beloit Newborn Faces Potentially Long Sentence

Kristin Smith would be sentenced under federal guidelines if convicted.
MADISON -- The woman accused of kidnapping 5-day-old 'Baby Kayden' Powell last February would receive a minimum sentence of 25 years if convicted, and a potential maximum sentence of life in a federal prison. 

31-year-old Kristen Smith, also known as Kristen Pearson, allegedly took the newborn on February 6th during a family gathering in Beloit and headed towards her home in Colorado.  The family contacted her by phone, and that's when police say she left the child in a basket outside a gas station in Eastern Iowa.  Although Baby Kayden was left outside overnight in bitter cold temperatures, the child was not hurt.

The kidnapping is considered a federal crime because Smith crossed two state lines.

A new indictment filed Wednesday now means that if convicted, Smith faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 25 years and a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.  Her trial is schedule for July 28 in U.S. District Court in Madison.
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