Family Reunited with Kidnapped Beloit Baby

“I almost passed out when they told,” said the baby’s father Bruce Powell

By Regina Waldroup
|  Saturday, Feb 8, 2014  |  Updated 7:20 PM CDT
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A newborn is reunited with his family after going missing early Wednesday morning.
 Kayden Powell is now back with his family in Beloit, Wisconsin.
 His mother's half-sister, Kristin Smith,  is now facing federal kidnapping charges for allegedly taking the baby boy.
 Thankfully police found the newborn at an Iowa gas station Friday morning.
 NBC5’s Natalie Martinez reports.

A newborn is reunited with his family after going missing early Wednesday morning. Kayden Powell is now back with his family in Beloit, Wisconsin. His mother's half-sister, Kristin Smith, is now facing federal kidnapping charges for allegedly taking the baby boy. Thankfully police found the newborn at an Iowa gas station Friday morning. NBC5’s Natalie Martinez reports.

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It was a happy reunion for the family of an infant rescued Friday after he was kidnapped from his home in Beloit, Wis. this week.

“They found him, and he’s home,” said the baby’s mother Brianna Marshall.

Kayden Powell was found Friday morning in a at a gas station in Iowa, authorities said.

The boy's aunt, Kristin Smith of Denver, Colo., is accused to taking the boy from his Beloit, Wisc., home and taking him to Iowa.

“I could barely walk, breathe, like my life was just ripped out of me. I just had him and he just got snatched away from me,” Marshall said. “I don’t understand. Why would she hurt me? And especially hurt him?”

Kayden was found wrapped in blankets at about 10:15 a.m. outside a gas station in West Branch, Iowa, by the police chief of the West Branch Police Department.

“I almost passed out when they told,” said the baby’s father Bruce Powell. “I felt like a kid on his first field trip.”

Multiple law enforcement agencies took part in the day-long investigation, including the Beloit Police Department, the Rock County (Wis.) Sheriff's Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the FBI, the Illinois State Police, the Iowa State Patrol, and the West Branch Police Department, Kopp said.

"We never stopped worrying. We never stopped giving up hope. And it's cases like this, it's days like today that [are the reason] most of us do what we do," said G.B. Jones, the acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's office in Milwaukee.

Jones said West Branch Police Chief Mike Horihan heard the boy crying while doing a check along the interstate.

The infant’s parents say the baby is in good condition, and they are grateful to those who helped find him.

“They weren’t going to give up,” said Powell. “That is what I’m thankful for.”

"There were so many people helping," said Marshall. "It's just wonderful that he's home."
 

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