Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Kidnapping Of Newborn

MADISON, Wis. (February 27, 2014) Kristen Smith of Aurora, Colo., who’s accused of abducting her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him outside of a gas station in Iowa, has pleaded not guilty to a federal kidnapping charge.

Smith kidnapped 4-day-old Kayden Powell from the Town of Beloit home where the boy's parents were staying earlier this month, authorities say.

Police arrested her at an Iowa gas station hours later and discovered the baby in a crate outside another nearby gas station the next morning.

The child was alive and well despite being left in frigid temperatures for more than 24 hours.

A federal grand jury indicted her on a kidnapping count last week.

She pleaded not guilty to the charge on Wednesday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker scheduled her trial to begin on June 23.

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