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Baby Kayden's family members wish for justice

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BELOIT (WKOW) -- The great grandmother of kidnapped newborn Kayden Powell believes the woman charged in the case - the baby's aunt - should face the full force of the law.

31-year old Kristen Smith faces kidnapping, and child endangerment charges, after authorities say she took the baby from a town of Beloit home, abandoned the child before being arrested in Iowa, and only confessed after a police officer discovered the boy near a gas station.

"She should be totally punished to the max," Shirley Bennett tells 27 News.

"She had plenty of time when they arrested her, to tell 'em that boy was out by that gas station," Bennett says.

Despite being left in cold weather for twenty nine hours with just blankets and a plastic bin to buffer him, family members say baby Kayden is fine.

Bennett says the two week old child received another clean bill of health during a doctor visit this week.

Bennett says baby Kayden's parents, her granddaughter Brianna Marshall, and Bruce Powell, have returned to Beloit, after spending time with Powell's relatives in Chicago after the child was rescued.

18-year old Marshall is a graduate of Beloit Memorial High School. Bennett says Marshall has resumed her goals of gaining acceptance to a college, and caring for her son.  "She won't let go of that baby," Bennett says.

Bennett says the Beloit community has been supportive. She says FBI agents and personnel from the town of Beloit police Thursday brought toys, diapers and a car seat to Kayden and his parents.
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