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Arrest After Missing Wisconsin Newborn Found In QCA

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Kristen R. Smith, 31, of Denver, has been charged with kidnapping, in a complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Madison, Wisconsin. 

The baby was found outside a gas station in West Branch, Iowa, by the police chief of the West Branch Police Department on Feb. 7, 2014.

The complaint alleges that on February 6, 2014, Smith took the infant from a home in Wisconsin and transported the child across state lines to Iowa. Smith was arrested in Iowa on unrelated charges, and is currently being held at the Cedar County Jail in Tipton, Iowa.

In the police record, Smith called the baby's mother around 5 a.m., about a half hour after the boy was reported missing. Smith then talked to a Beloit police office and explained that the baby's family was planning to move in with her in Denver. She said she had baby clothes in the car, but not the missing baby. Beloit police instructed Smith to pull over at the nearest gas station so that law enforcement officers could find her and talk to her.

Records show Smith called back to report she was stopped at a gas station in West Branch, Iowa. A West Branch police officer searched Smith's car and checked her phone. The car had baby clothing, a stroller and safety seat and a prosthetic pregnancy belly. A search of her cell phone found a sent email from Smith claiming she had given birth on Feb. 5, but there were no indications that she had been pregnant.

If convicted of the federal kidnapping charge, Smith will face a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.


The missing newborn from Beloit, Wisconsin was found alive and well in the QCA.

FBI acting special agent G.B. Jones said at a news conference the officer heard the newborn crying and discovered the child swaddled in a plastic tote outside a gas station.

Authorities say the child appears to be in good condition.

Federal, state and local law enforcement officers had been searching for the baby since early Thursday when his mother discovered him missing from a bassinet in their Beloit home.

Stay tuned to KWQC-TV6 and for updates as we receive them.