Accused kidnapper to appear in federal court

CREATED Feb 21, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb 21, 2014

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MADISON -- A woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew and leaving him outside an Iowa gas station in frigid temperatures is set to appear in federal court in Wisconsin.

A grand jury indicted 31-year-old Kristen Smith of Aurora, Colo., on a kidnapping charge earlier this week. She's due to make her initial appearance in federal court in Madison on Friday.
 
Prosecutors allege Smith took the baby from a Town of Beloit home where her half-sister, who is the child's mother, was staying on Feb. 1.
 
Police caught up with Smith in West Branch, Iowa, but she didn't have the baby. Police later discovered the child in a crate behind a West Branch gas station. The boy was alive and well despite spending hours alone in temperatures that dipped well below zero.