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Jury begins deliberating Wisconsin kidnapping case


By DINESH RAMDE

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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