Jury begins deliberating Wisconsin kidnapping case

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Jury begins deliberating Wisconsin kidnapping case
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Tipton, Iowa Sheriff shows Kristen Rose Smith of Aurora, Colo. Smith, accused of abducting her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him outside a gas station in Iowa pleaded not guilty Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, to a federal kidnapping charge. Prosecutors say Smith kidnapped four-day-old Kayden Powell from the Town of Beloit home where the boy’s parents were staying earlier this month. Police arrested her at an Iowa gas station hours later and discovered the baby in a crate outside another nearby gas station the next morning. The child was alive and well despite being left in frigid temperatures for more than 24 hours. (AP Photo/Tipton (Iowa) Sheriff)
In this image from video provided by KCRG TV, Kristen Smith arrives for a hearing Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 in Tipton, Iowa. Smith, charged with kidnapping her half sister's newborn from Wisconsin, waived the right to challenge her extradition on a warrant from Texas charging her with tampering with government records. Federal prosecutors could take her into custody at any time in the kidnapping case. (AP Photo/KCRG TV, Mark Carlson)


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The jury is deliberating the case of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and leaving him at an Iowa gas station in frigid temperatures.

The attorney for thirty-one-year-old Kristen Smith said Thursday the government is misinterpreting her motives.

Prosecutors say she 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 says Kayden's father asked her to take him because the parents were moving in with her soon.

Prosecutors say Smith was actually scheming to pass the boy off as her own.

Defense attorney Matthew Noel said Smith already has four children and a stepchild, so she'd have no need to steal a child.

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