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Colorado woman warned court about baby kidnapping suspect

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DENVER (WKOW) -- A Colorado woman says she warned court officials Kristen Smith was acting suspiciously, before authorities say Smith kidnapped newborn Kayden Powell from a town of Beloit home.

The U.S. attorney in Madison charged Smith Friday with kidnapping. The criminal complaint states Smith had baby clothes and a prosthetic pregnancy belly in her car when she was arrested Thursday in Iowa. Baby Kayden Powell was found Friday wrapped in blankets in a plastic storage bin at a gas station near where Smith was arrested. Authorities say Smith is Kayden Powell's aunt.

Indya Ford tells KMGH-Denver Smith is stepmother to Ford's daughter. Ford says she's been fighting Smith and the girl's father's bid for partial custody of the girl.

Ford says she provided court officials with records of Smith using four aliases. "I just had a feeling that she wasn't right," Ford says.

Ford says partial custody was awarded to Smith and the girl's father, despite Ford's concerns about Smith.

Ford says Smith claimed to be pregnant and near her due date, but Ford says Smith's physical appearance did not appear to be consistent with a woman near the end of her pregnancy.

Town of Beloit Police Chief Steve Kopp says Smith was arrested Thursday in Iowa on a fraud warrant from the state of Texas.

Family members say baby Kayden Powell is doing well, despite his exposure to bitterly cold temperatures after his abandonment, and is with his mother, 18-year old Brianna Marshall, and father Bruce Powell, with Powell's relatives in Chicago.




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