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Suspect In Wisconsin Newborn Kidnap Is Charged In Iowa

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This undated photo provided by the Tipton, Iowa Sheriff is Kristen Rose Smith of Denver. (AP Photo) This undated photo provided by the Tipton, Iowa Sheriff is Kristen Rose Smith of Denver. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this undated file photo released by Town of Beloit Police Department is of Kayden Powell. (AP Photo) FILE - In this undated file photo released by Town of Beloit Police Department is of Kayden Powell. (AP Photo)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa prosecutor has filed a child endangerment charge against a woman suspected of kidnapping a newborn baby and leaving him behind a gas station.

Cedar County Attorney Jeffrey Renander filed the charge Thursday against Kristen R. Smith, saying she endangered newborn Kayden Powell "in numerous ways."

Renander said Smith made an initial court appearance and remains at the county jail.

Smith was arrested last week in West Branch, Iowa, on an outstanding warrant. The next day, the police chief found the baby in a storage crate outside a gas station in freezing weather.

Police said Smith kidnapped her half-sister's newborn from a southern Wisconsin home.

Federal prosecutors in Wisconsin have charged Smith with kidnapping, but she hasn't yet been taken into federal custody.

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