MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Colorado woman faked a pregnancy and kidnapped her newborn nephew in Wisconsin in hopes of passing him off as her own.
Prosecutor Stephen Sinnott during closing statements Thursday described 31-year-old Kristen Smith as a manipulative liar whose defense defies common sense.
Smith took 4-day-old Kayden Powell from the Town of Beloit in February. As police closed in, she put him inside a plastic tote and left him at an Iowa gas station.
Smith testified the boy's father asked her to take Kayden before the parents joined her in a few days.
Sinnott says no new parent would send a newborn away without formula or diapers.
He also says a birth certificate application in Smith's home shows she planned to pass Kayden off as her own son, Kaysin.