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According to a WAOW-TV report, Kristen R. Smith once lived in Wausau, and Marathon County records list multiple cases filed against Smith under a different name, Kristen L. Pearson.
Authorities said Smith took 5-day-old Kayden Powell from Smithâs half-sisterâs house in the town of Beloit Feb. 6. The West Branch, Iowa, police chief found Powell alive, tucked inside a plastic storage bin outside a gas station about 29 hours after the infant was reported missing.
A mug shot from Marathon County Sheriff's Department dated 2011 compared with Smith’s mug shot from Cedar County, Iowa, show Pearson is Smith. The date of birth on record for Pearson is Jan. 10, 1982, which would make her 32 years old. Smith’s birthday is Jan. 11, 1983.
Marathon County records show Smith, as Pearson, had several felony and misdemeanor cases filed against her, including a conviction for four misdemeanor counts of issuing bad checks worth less than $2,500. She was sentenced to nine months in jail.
It is unclear what would have motivated Smith to abduct the newborn, but court documents said Smith had lied about being pregnant and giving birth just days before Powell was taken. When Smith was arrested at an Iowa gas station, about 500 yards from where Powell was later found, police found a prosthetic pregnancy belly in her car.
Smith was charged Thursday with child endangerment in connection with Powellâs kidnapping by Cedar County Attorney Jeffrey Renander, who said she endangered Powell "in numerous ways."
Smith was charged by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin Friday with kidnapping last Friday just hours after Powell was found.
Documents show Smith faces multiple fraud and document tampering charges in three states.
Renander said Smith made an initial court appearance Thursday on the child endangerment case and remains at the county jail.
If Smith is released on the charges out of Texas, federal authorities will immediately take her into custody, officials said. She would then be returned to Wisconsin to face the federal kidnapping charges. If she is not released on the Texas charges federal authorities would have to wait.Thursday, February 13 2014, 08:34 PM CST
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