MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) Federal prosecutors expect to wrap up their case today in the trial of Kristen Smith, who's accused of kidnapping her baby nephew near Beloit and leaving him in Iowa in sub-zero temperatures. Yesterday in Madison the baby's parents testified that they trusted the 31-year-old Smith so much, they did not suspect at first that she took the boy. Smith claims she had permission from the father, Bruce Powell, to take five-day-old Kayden Powell to Colorado.
As she was driving through Iowa, a Beloit officer arranged for police at West Branch to stop her and check her vehicle for children's belongings. West Branch officer Alex Koch testified that Smith claimed she was pregnant when she wasn't. Smith was arrested when police discovered she was wanted on a warrant from Texas.