IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The woman charged with kidnapping a Wisconsin newborn and leaving him behind an Iowa gas station is scheduled to make her initial federal court appearance Friday.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Madison says authorities will transfer Kristen Smith to Wisconsin from Iowa sometime before then.
A grand jury is meeting in Madison on Wednesday, but it’s unclear whether Smith’s case is being heard.
The FBI has filed a complaint accusing Smith in the Feb. 6 kidnapping of newborn Kayden Powell. Smith’s been jailed in Iowa since her arrest, hours after the baby went missing.
Investigators say Smith took Kayden from a Wisconsin home where her half sister was staying, and left him in West Branch, Iowa, in freezing temperatures. He was found alive 29 hours later.