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Prosecutor: Woman Kidnapped Baby to Raise as Own

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In their closing statements, federal prosecutors say a Colorado woman faked a pregnancy, and then kidnapped her newborn nephew in Wisconsin in hopes of passing him off as her own son.

Prosecutor Stephen Sinnott on Thursday described 31-year-old Kristen Smith as a manipulative liar whose defense defies common sense.

Smith took 4-day-old Kayden Powell from the Town of Beloit in February. As police closed in she swaddled him inside a plastic tote that she left at an Iowa gas station.

Smith testified that the boy’s father asked her to Kayden to Denver, and the parents would join her in a few days.

Sinnott says no new parents would send their newborn away without formula, diapers and other supplies. He also says a filled-out birth certificate application in Smith’s home shows she planned to pass Kayden off as her own son, Kaysin.