Colorado woman guilty of kidnapping newborn nephew
MADISON, Wis. -- Guilty as charged! That's the verdict handed down Thursday, July 31st by a jury in the case of Kristen Smith, who kidnapped her newborn nephew in February, then left him at a gas station in frigid temperatures.
The attorney for 31-year-old Smith said the court is misinterpreting her motives.
Prosecutors say she took four-day-old Kayden Powell from his home in Beloit, and as police closed in on her, she put him inside a plastic bin and left him at a gas station in Iowa.
The baby survived, despite spending 29 hours in the freezing cold.
Smith says Kayden's father asked her to take the baby.
Prosecutors say Smith was actually scheming to pass the boy off as her own.
Defense attorney Matthew Noel said Smith already has four children and a stepchild, so she'd have no need to steal a child.
Smith now faces 25 years to life in prison.
"We are happy the jury found her guilty," says Kayden's mom, Brianna Marshall. "Every time we come to court it's torture because we relive the horror of our baby going missing. We're glad this is over."
"It's a good feeling to know that woman is going to get what's coming to her, after what she put everybody through,especially the baby," says Kayden's great grandmother Shirley Bennett. "It's a miracle he's alive."