Woman charged in kidnapping to stay jailed in Iowa

Lawyer: Woman charged with kidnapping Wis. newborn hopes half-sister is OK after 'ordeal'

Published On: Feb 14 2014 06:28:46 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 14 2014 06:28:00 AM CST
Kayden Powell
TIPTON, Iowa (AP) -

The defense attorney for a woman charged with kidnapping her half-sister's newborn from Wisconsin, says her client hopes her half-sister is doing "alright."

Attorney Victoria Noel said Friday that her client, Kristen Smith, wants to express concern for her half-sister because she understands "she has gone through an ordeal."

Federal prosecutors have charged Smith with kidnapping Kayden Powell on Feb. 6 and leaving him at an Iowa gas station. She has been jailed in Iowa since her arrest last week.

Noel made the comments on Smith's behalf to reporters after a court hearing in which Smith declined to challenge her extradition on a warrant from Texas.