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UPDATE: Woman charged in kidnapping to stay jailed in Iowa

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TIPTON, Iowa (AP) -- The defense attorney for a woman charged with kidnapping her half sister's newborn from Wisconsin, says her client hopes her half-sister is doing OK.
   Attorney Victoria Noel said Friday that her client, Kristen Smith, wants to express concern for her half sister because she understands "she has gone through an ordeal."
   Federal prosecutors have charged Smith with kidnapping Kayden Powell on Feb. 6 and leaving him at an Iowa gas station. She has been jailed in Iowa since her arrest last week.
   Noel made the comments on Smith's behalf to reporters after a court hearing in which Smith declined to challenge her extradition on a warrant from Texas.
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TIPTON, Iowa (WKOW) - The woman charged with kidnapping a Wisconsin newborn and leaving him behind at an Iowa gas station is due in court Friday.

Kristen Smith is appearing for an extradition hearing on a Texas warrant charging her with tampering with government records.

Smith is charged with kidnapping Kayden Powell by federal prosecutors, but has yet to be taken into federal custody. She's been jailed on the Texas warrant and an Iowa child endangerment charge.

Investigators say Smith took her half sister's baby from a Beloit home Feb. 6. After the baby's mother reported him missing, police contacted Smith as she was driving through Iowa and ordered her to stop for questioning.

She denied knowledge of Kayden's whereabouts, but was arrested on the Texas warrant. Police found the child alive inside a plastic bin full of blankets about 29 hours later.

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