Missing Wis. infant found outside gas station in Iowa

Published On: Feb 07 2014 07:59:04 AM HST   Updated On: Feb 07 2014 08:06:20 AM HST

Police in the Town of Beloit report a 6-day-old baby missing from a home was found in Iowa Friday.

Town of Beloit Police Chief Steve Kopp said the police chief of West Branch, Iowa, located 6-day-old Kayden Powell in a tote bag outside a gas station near Interstate 80.

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Despite cold temperatures, Kopp said the infant was wrapped up and appeared to be in good condition.  Health officials said the newborn is "in excellent health."

"We have been waiting for this day," Kopp said. "In the words of EMS officials, he is in excellent health."

Kayden's mother, 18-year-old Brianna Marshall woke up about 4:30 a.m. Thursday to find her baby, Kayden Powell, missing from his bassinet and called police. 

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Town of Beloit police said the mother's half-sister, Kristen Smith, was taken into custody in Iowa on Thursday on an unrelated warrant.  She had been at the family home in Beloit and said she was on her way back to her home in Colorado when Kayden disappeared.

Police said they called Smith on her cellphone, and she agreed to pull over in Iowa.  Police said she had baby clothing in her car, but there was no sign of the newborn.

Authorities are currently holding Smith on an unrelated warrant but now call her a person of interest in this case.

Kopp said Kayden was found "in the general area" where Smith pulled over to await police on Thursday.


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