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TOWN OF BELOIT (WKOW) -- A police officer watches over the home in the Town of Beloit where a newborn disappeared from early Thursday morning.

Several law enforcement agencies have been working on the case around the clock, checking on any new leads that came into police overnight.

Crime scene tape still surrounds the home at 836 E. Homeland Ct. Friday morning, more than 24 hours after Kayden Powell was reported missing my his mother, Brianna Marshall.

The Town of Beloit Police Department plans a news conference to update the public at 11:00 a.m. Friday.
TOWN OF BELOIT (WKOW) --- Town of Beloit Police provided no new hope in the search for Kayden Powell during a 6pm Thursday news conference.

 Town of Beloit Police Chief Steve Kopp said approximately 40 officers and agents are working on the case, from multiple agencies, including the Rock Co. Sheriff's Office and the FBI. Chief Kopp says they continue to locate and question family members and friends about five-day-old Kayden's disappearance.

The infant was reported missing by his mother, Brianna Marshall, at 4:34 a.m. Thursday, according to Chief Kopp. They say they woke in the house where they were staying on East Homeland Court in the Town of Beloit and Kayden was not in his bassinet.

Police report no signs of forced entry.

Chief Kopp emphasized at the Thursday evening news conference his department has no suspects and has made no arrests in the case, but Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said numerous leads are coming in at a rapid rate.

The Beloit Daily News reports police as saying Kristen Smith, questioned by authorities earlier Thursday, is not a person of interest in the case.

Town of Beloit Police say she left the home where Marshall and Powell were staying in the early morning hours of Thursday, before the child was reported missing. Authorities reached her by phone in West Branch, Iowa, where she was questioned about the disappearance. She was arrested on an unrelated, outstanding warrant out of Texas.


TOWN OF BELOIT (WKOW) --- The Town of Beloit Police Chief tells 27 News a person of interest in the disappearance of 5-day-old Kayden J. Powell has been taken into custody in West Branch, Iowa.

The Police Chief tells 27 News the woman, Kristen Smith, was arrested in connection to a fraud warrant out of Texas.  Smith has not been charged in the disappearance of Kayden, who is still missing at this time. 

Smith is from Colorado and is being held in Cedar County, Iowa.   She was taken into custody at 5:30 a.m. this morning and cooperated with police.

Police say the child's mother, Brianna Marshall, and father, Bruce Powell, have been cooperating with authorities since reporting the infant missing Thursday morning.

Family members tell 27 News Kristen Smith presented herself to them as Brianna Marshall's sister on Brianna's father's side of the family.

Family members also tell 27 News Marshall and Smith had talked about moving to Colorado after the baby's birth.

Town of Beloit Police Chief Steve Kopp confirms Smith told authorities about the plan to move to Colorado with Marshall, Bruce Powell and young Kayden Powell.

Kopp also confirms articles of baby clothing were with Smith, but Kayden was not. He says FBI agents are en route to Iowa to speak with Smith.

Chief Kopp confirms Kristin Smith left the Town of Beloit home where Marshall, Bruce Powell and Kayden Powell were staying in the early hours of Thursday morning, before the parents reported Kayden missing.

The Town of Beloit Police say it will have another update at 6 p.m. Thursday. You can watch the news conference LIVE right here on


TOWN OF BELOIT (WKOW) --- The Town of Beloit Police Chief tells 27 News that the parents of missing 5-day-old Kayden J. Powell are distraught over the disappearance.  

He also tells 27 News that the baby and his parents do not live at the Beloit home, but were visiting a sick family member there.

The parents of Kayden, the mother's brother, and a friend are all at the police station being interviewed about the incident.

An amber alert has not been issued due to a suspect or a suspect car not being identified.

We will continue to update this story here on as we are live on the scene.


TOWN OF BELOIT (WKOW) -- Town of Beloit Police Department say they responded at 4:34 a.m. Thursday morning for a report of a missing newborn from 836 E. Homeland Court in Beloit.

The initial investigation reveals that the mother, Brianna Marshall, 18, found the baby missing.  Kayden J. Powell is 5 days old, African American, 20 inches long, 6 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

The home is being processed for physical evidence by the City of Beloit Police, Rock County Sheriff, Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, and the F.B.I.

Any information on this incident please contact the Town of Beloit Police at (608) 757-2244 or Beloit Crimestoppers at (608) 362-7463.

TOWN OF BELOIT (WKOW) -- Police officers are actively searching around the home where a newborn was reported missing.

The home is in the 800 block of Homeland Court, and Town of Beloit Police Chief Steve Kopp says the newborn and his parents were staying with a relative who lives there. The parents, Brianna Marshall, 18 and Bruce Powell, 23, told police they woke up early this morning to find their 5-day-old son, Kayden, was missing from his bassinet.

Chief Kopp says there are no signs of a break-in to the home, and they are searching the home and the area around it for signs of the baby or evidence that might be linked to his disappearance.


TOWN OF BELOIT (WKOW) -- The Town of Beloit Police Department is mobilizing all its resources to find a newborn reported missing early Thursday morning.

 The baby's parents told police they woke up to find their son missing from his bassinet, which was in the same room. A friend of the family and a relative who were at the home the night before are being questioned at the police station, but Chief Kopp says they are not in custody. Investigators don't have any suspects.

The Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation, the FBI, the City of Beloit Police Department and the Rock County Sheriff's Office are all assisting in the investigation. Kopp says 20 officers and agents are conducting interviews and processing the house as a crime scene.


TOWN OF BELOIT (WKOW) -- Police from three agencies are trying to find a baby that was reported missing early Thursday morning.

The Janesville Gazette reports Town of Beloit police are working with the Beloit Police Department and the Rock County Sheriff's Office. According to the newspaper, two people who were at the baby's home last night are being questioned, but no arrests have been made.


TOWN OF BELOIT (WKOW) -- Police are searching for a missing newborn.

Town of Beloit Police Chief Steve Kopp says the 4-day-old boy's mother reported him missing around 4:30 a.m. from their home in the 800 block of Homeland Court. The boy's father is also at the scene, and the chief says this does not appear to be a custody battle.

Police are still on the scene investigating. The chief says they have not issued an Amber Alert as it does not apply in this case.

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