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Woman charged with kidnapping 5-day-old Beloit baby

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Kayden J. Powell (Photo courtesy of Town of Beloit police) Kayden J. Powell (Photo courtesy of Town of Beloit police)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Federal prosecutors have charged a Denver woman with kidnapping a newborn from his southern Wisconsin home.

U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil filed the charge against Kristin Smith on Friday afternoon, hours after an Iowa police chief discovered six-day-old Kayden Powell alive and well in a plastic storage bin outside a West Branch, Iowa, gas station.

Town of Beloit Police Chief Steven Kopp says the nearly week-old baby was discovered around 10:15 a.m. Friday by the police chief in West Branch, Iowa. He and other officers had been checking areas along Interstate 80 for the child.

The chief heard the newborn crying and discovered the child swaddled in blankets inside a tote bag outside a gas station, FBI acting special agent G.B. Jones said at Friday's news conference.

"Our efforts are clearly focused on reuniting mother and child and the rest of the family members with the child. That's the immediate focus. In fact we're taking steps right now to make sure that happens," Jones said.

Rock County Sheriff Robert D. Spoden said investigators identified a travel route of a person who had left the home early Thursday and searched along that route.

FOX 6 in Milwaukee reported Kayden Powell went missing from a relative's home on Homeland Court around 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

The mother reported the baby missing early Thursday morning when she woke and found his bassinet empty.

Kopp said the baby's mother was home, along with the baby's father, uncle and great-grandmother when the child went missing. Kopp said that no others were in the home for 12 hours prior to child's existence, FOX 6 reported.

Smith faces life in prison if convicted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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