Court papers: Woman faked pregnancy, stole baby

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An undated photo released by Town of Beloit Police Department is of Kayden Powell. The FBI and state law enforcement agencies are helping local authorities in a search for the 5-day-old baby in Rock County, Wis. Authorities say the newborn’s mother called 911 after waking about 4:30 a.m. Thursday to find Kayden missing from his bassinette in a room where she was sleeping at a home in the Town of Beloit. (AP Photo/Town of Beloit Police Department)

An undated photo released by Town of Beloit Police Department is of Kayden Powell. The FBI and state law enforcement agencies are helping local authorities in a search for the 5-day-old baby in Rock County, Wis. Authorities say the newborn’s mother called 911 after waking about 4:30 a.m. Thursday to find Kayden missing from his bassinette in a room where she was sleeping at a home in the Town of Beloit. (AP Photo/Town of Beloit Police Department)

This undated photo provided by the Tipton, Iowa Sheriff is Kristen Rose Smith of Denver. Federal prosecutors charged Smith, a Denver woman on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 with kidnapping her half-sister’s newborn boy from a Wisconsin home hours after police discovered the infant in a storage crate outside an Iowa gas station, alive and well in single-digit weather. (AP Photo/Tipton (Iowa) Sheriff)

Authorities gather at a gas station in West Branch, Iowa, where a missing newborn was found alive Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Police said they found Kayden Powell, who’s nearly a week old, after they heard the newborn crying and found the child swaddled in blankets inside a tote bag outside the gas station. Police said the baby was in excellent health. (AP Photo/Ryan J. Foley)

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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.

Associated Press

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