TOWN OF BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a woman accused of stealing her half-sister's infant from a Wisconsin home had pretended to be pregnant.
An hour after Kayden Powell was reported missing, police found the half-sister in Iowa. Court documents say officers discovered a prosthetic pregnancy belly, baby clothes and a stroller in the half-sister's car. But there was no baby.
It would be another day before authorities discovered the missing infant in a plastic storage crate outside an Iowa gas station, alive and well, despite frigid temperatures.
Federal prosecutors in Madison charged Kristen Smith of Denver with kidnapping Friday afternoon. The charges came hours after an Iowa police chief miraculously found Kayden, who was swaddled in blankets.