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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Woman Accused of Kidnapping Newborn

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MADISON, Wisconsin - A federal grand jury has formally indicted a Colorado woman on federal kidnapping charges.

Kristen Smith, 31, Aurora, Colorado, is charged with kidnapping. The indictment alleges that on February 6, 2014, Smith kidnapped an individual in Wisconsin, and transported the individual to Iowa.

Smith was originally charged with this offense in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Madison on February 7. She was arrested in West Branch, Iowa on February 6 and has remained in custody since her arrest.

Smith will be brought to the Western District of Wisconsin by federal law enforcement officials this week. Her initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Madison is scheduled for Friday.

If convicted, Smith faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.

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