Smith showed little emotion as the verdict of the jury of seven women and five men was read.
Smith had invited the baby''s 18-year old mother, half-sister Brianna Marshall, father Bruce Powell, and infant Kayden Powell to live with her at her home in Colorado, but left alone with the baby in the early morning of Feb. 6, claiming she had received permission from Powell to go ahead of the couple. Both Powell and Marshall never referenced granting such permission during their trial testimony.
Prosecutors say Smith faked a pregnancy, with a prosthetic belly, fake birth announcements, and a birth certificate application, all coinciding with Kayden Powell's birth.
"She lied, and she lied again, and she lied again," U.S. Attorney John Vodreuil said. "That was the focal point of our case. She is a liar. And this is the just result."
But Smith's attorney, Matthew Noel, said evidence showed while Smith panicked in abandoning the infant, a kidnapping plot was inconsistent with her overtures to the young family to join her in Colorado. "We plan on filing a motion for a new trial," Noel said.
Authorities say the baby was found okay - wrapped in blankets in the tote - more than a day after being abandoned during a search of the gas station by an Iowa police chief. The nearly six month old boy was in court for the verdict with his parents. They say he is doing well and beginning to crawl.
Marshall says it was difficult to testify, and follow the trial.
"It's kind of like torture all over again," Marshall said. "You find out new things, and what happened, and what you should have looked out for."
Bruce Powell said the couple and child are ready to go forward, but believe Smith should receive a stiff punishment.
"But you always have to forgive people at the end of the day," Powell said. "What God's got for her, God's got for her."
When sentenced in late October, Smith faces a sentence of twenty-five years to life in prison. Vodreuil declined to specify what prosecutors will ask for in terms of prison years for Smith.
MADISON (WKOW) -- A jury panel in federal court has found Kristen Smith guilty of kidnapping.