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BABY KAYDEN UPDATE: 911 call released

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BELOIT (WQOW) --- The 911 tape from the day newborn Kayden Powell went missing has been released.

Kayden's mother Brianna made the call. In it, Brianna tells the dispatcher that she woke up in her bed and found a knife next to the bed. Brianna says she had no idea how it got there and that her son is missing.
 
As the dispatcher hears that Brianna's sister was there when the baby went to bed and is now gone, he asks Brianna where her sister Kristen Smith is. Brianna answers, "I called her and she is bawling her eyes out and told me to call the cops." The dispatcher asks if Kristen would have taken the baby and Brianna replies, "She wouldn't take my son."

Hear the full audio in the video above.
 
WKOW contributed to this report.
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- An Iowa sheriff says he's jailing a woman suspected of kidnapping a baby apart from the general population for safety reasons.

Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington said Monday that 31-year-old Kristen R. Smith of Denver is in her own cell at the county jail in Tipton, Iowa.

He says he didn't feel comfortable holding Smith with other female inmates who had seen media coverage of the allegations against her.

Smith was charged with kidnapping Friday after the police chief in West Branch, Iowa discovered missing Wisconsin newborn Kayden Powell, alive and well despite being in freezing temperatures for up to 29 hours.

The FBI alleges Smith took the boy from her half-sister's home and left him in a plastic crate outside a gas station before she was arrested Thursday.

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Beloit, Wisconsin (WQOW) - Kayden Powell is back home with his parents in Beloit after the baby boy was allegedly kidnapped and brought to Iowa.

The West Branch Police Chief found Powell in a plastic tote outside a gas station.  The boy was alive and well wrapped in blankets.

The boy's aunt, Kristen Smith, was arrested near the gas station the day before Kayden was found.  She faces kidnapping charges. A complaint was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Madison.

She's the half-sister of the boy's mother. A criminal complaint says Smith claimed she was pregnant. Authorities say that wasn't the case. The complaint also says once Kayden was found, Smith admitted that she took the newborn from her sister's home in Wisconsin, and later put him behind the BP gas station in West Branch, Iowa. Smith provided law enforcement with a hand drawn map of where the baby was found.

Kayden's mother, Brianna Marshall, noticed he was missing around 4:30 Thursday morning.

"I want to know what was going thought her mind. You're my sister and you did this to my son, my only son. I just don't understand. Why would she hurt me and especially hurt him,?" said Marshall.

Kayden's mother and father were officially reunited with their son Friday in Iowa City around 5 p.m. when FBI agents drove the couple to the hospital.

ON Saturday, the couple was at their home in Beloit, finally able to spend quality time with their healthy, infant son.

They say they are thankful for everyone in Iowa who searched for him. Kayden's father says he is keeping the Iowa State hat Kayden was given at the hospital, to thank all the Iowa agencies for helping.

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(WQOW) - Update: The University of Iowa Children's Hospital says Kayden is in good condition and has been discharged from the hospital. The newborn and his parents are on their way home.

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MADISON (Press Release) - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced Friday that Kristen R. Smith, 31, Denver, has been charged with kidnapping, in a complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Madison.

The infant was recovered Friday. The baby was found outside a gas station in West Branch, Iowa, by the police chief of the West Branch Police Department.

The complaint alleges that on February 6, 2014, Smith took the infant from a home in Wisconsin and transported the child across state lines to Iowa. Smith was arrested yesterday in Iowa on unrelated charges, and is currently being held at the Cedar County Jail in Tipton, Iowa.

The complaint says once Kayden was found, Smith admitted that she took the newborn from her sister's home in Wisconsin, and later put him behind the BP gas station in West Branch, Iowa. Smith provided law enforcement with a hand drawn map of where the baby was found.

If convicted of the federal kidnapping charge, Smith will face a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.

The charge against Smith is the result of an investigation by the Town of Beloit Police Department; Beloit Police Department; Rock County Sheriff's Office; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; Illinois State Police; Iowa State Patrol; and West Branch (Iowa) Police Department. The prosecution of this matter will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie S. Pfluger.

A charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Click here to read the U.S. Attorney's full complaint.

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TOWN OF BELOIT (WQOW) - The U.S. Attorney's office says it plans to file federal charges Friday afternoon in the missing baby case. They will not confirm who the charges will be against.

This afternoon officials are in West Branch, Iowa at the gas station baby Kayden was found.

An officer found the baby wrapped in blankets in what authorities described during a news conference as a "tote bag." The officer who found the baby reported over police radio that it was a "plastic tote," but when asked by a reporter to clarify exactly what the baby was found in, the officer declined.

We will continue to update you on charges and the investigation as we know more.

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TOWN OF BELOIT (WQOW) - Officials say baby Kayden was found alive and well in Iowa Friday morning.

The Police Chief of the West Branch, Iowa Police Department heard the cries of Kayden while canvassing the area at 10:15 a.m. Friday morning.

Kayden was found inside of a tote bag, swaddled in clothes and blankets. That tote bag was outside a gas station.

Officials say despite being found in these cold temperatures, the EMS teams say Kayden looks healthy and in great condition. Police do not know how long Kayden was in that location outside before they found him.

Police were canvassing this area after the sister of Kayden's mother was taken into custody near there Thursday morning. Officials wanted to speak with her as she was at the home with the baby Wednesday night before Kayden was missing.

No charges have been filed. The FBI says they are still investigating every lead to find out how this happened.

Officials are now focused on reuniting the parents, Brianna Marshall and Bruce Powell, with their baby.

The baby was found on the search efforts and collaboration of the Town of Beloit Police Department, Beloit Police Department, Rock County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, FBI, Illinois State Police, Iowa State Patrol, and West Branch Iowa Police Department.

KWWL and WKOW contributed to these reports.

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TOWN OF BELOIT (WQOW) - Town of Beloit Police announced at 11 a.m. on Friday that newborn Kayden Powell was found alive and well.  He was located in a tote bag, wrapped in blankets outside a gas station in West Branch, Iowa on Friday morning. Health officials say Kayden seems to be in extremely good health.

No charges have been filed and no suspects have been arrested in the case. Authorities say the investigation into what happened is far from over.

More details to come.

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TOWN OF BELOIT (WQOW) --- Town of Beloit Police provided no new hope in the search for Kayden Powell during a 6pm Thursday news conference.

Town of Beloit Police Chief Steve Kopp said approximately 40 officers and agents are working on the case, from multiple agencies, including the Rock Co. Sheriff's Office and the FBI. Chief Kopp says they continue to locate and question family members and friends about five-day-old Kayden's disappearance. 

The infant was reported missing by his mother, Brianna Marshall, at 4:34 a.m. Thursday, according to Chief Kopp. They say they woke in the house, where they were staying on East Homeland Court in the Town of Beloit, and Kayden was not in his bassinet. 

Police report no signs of forced entry. 

Chief Kopp emphasized at the Thursday evening news conference his department has no suspects and has made no arrests in the case, but Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said numerous leads are coming in at a rapid rate.

The Beloit Daily News reports police as saying Kristen Smith, questioned by authorities earlier Thursday, is not a person of interest in the case.

Town of Beloit Police say she left the home where Marshall and Powell were staying in the early morning hours of Thursday, before the child was reported missing. Authorities reached her by phone in West Branch, Iowa, where she was questioned about the disappearance. She was arrested on an unrelated, outstanding warrant out of Texas.

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TOWN OF BELOIT (WQOW) - The Town of Beloit Police Chief says a person of interest in the disappearance of 5-day-old Kayden J. Powell has been taken into custody in West Branch, Iowa.

The chief says the woman, Kristen Smith, was arrested in connection to a fraud warrant out of Texas. Smith has not been charged in the disappearance of Kayden, who is still missing at this time.

Smith is from Colorado and is being held in Cedar County, Iowa. She was taken into custody at 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning and cooperated with police.

Police say the child's mother, Brianna Marshall, and father, Bruce Powell, have been cooperating with authorities since reporting the infant missing Thursday morning.

Family members say Kristen Smith presented herself to them as Brianna Marshall's sister on Brianna's father's side of the family.

Family members also say Marshall and Smith had talked about moving to Colorado after the baby's birth.

Town of Beloit Police Chief Steve Kopp confirms Smith told authorities about the plan to move to Colorado with Marshall, Bruce Powell and young Kayden Powell.

Kopp also confirms articles of baby clothing were with Smith, but Kayden was not. He says FBI agents are en route to Iowa to speak with Smith.

Chief Kopp confirms Kristin Smith left the Town of Beloit home where Marshall, Bruce Powell and Kayden Powell were staying in the early hours of Thursday morning, before the parents reported Kayden missing.

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TOWN OF BELOIT (WQOW) - The Town of Beloit Police Chief says a person of interest in the disappearance of 5-day-old Kayden J. Powell has been taken into custody in West Branch, Iowa.

The Police Chief says the woman, Kristin Smith, was arrested in connection to a fraud warrant out of Texas. Smith has not been charged in the disappearance of Kayden, who is still missing at this time.

Police say the child's mother, Brianna Marshall, and father, Bruce Powell, have been cooperating with authorities since reporting the infant missing Thursday morning.

Family members say Kristin Smith presented herself to them as Brianna Marshall's sister on Brianna's father's side of the family.

Family members also say Marshall and Smith had talked about moving to Colorado after the baby's birth.

Town of Beloit Police Chief Steve Copp confirms Smith told authorities about the plan to move to Colorado with Marshall, Bruce Powell and young Kayden Powell.

Copp also confirms articles of baby clothing were with Smith, but Kayden was not. He says FBI agents are en route to Iowa to speak with Smith.

Chief Copp confirms Kristin Smith left the Town of Beloit home where Marshall, Bruce Powell and Kayden Powell were staying in the early hours of Thursday morning, before the parents reported Kayden missing.

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TOWN OF BELOIT (WQOW) - BREAKING NEWS: A person of interest in the case of the missing Beloit baby has been arrested in Iowa. Authorities say a relative is under arrest. Kayden is still missing. Updates to come.

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TOWN OF BELOIT (WQOW) --- The Town of Beloit Police Chief says the parents of missing 5-day-old Kayden J. Powell are distraught over the disappearance.

He also says the baby and his parents do not live at the Beloit home, but were visiting a sick family member there.

The parents of Kayden, the mother's brother, and a friend are all at the police station being interviewed about the incident.

An amber alert has not been issued due to a suspect or a suspect car not being identified.

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TOWN OF BELOIT (WQOW) -- Police officers are actively searching around the home where a newborn was reported missing.

The home is in the 800 block of Homeland Court, and Town of Beloit Police Chief Steve Kopp says the newborn and his parents were staying with a relative who lives there. The parents, Brianna Marshall, 18 and Bruce Powell, 23, told police they woke up early this morning to find their newborn son, Kayden, was missing from his basinet.

Chief Kopp says there are no signs of a break-in to the home, and they are searching the home and the area around it for signs of the baby or evidence that might be linked to his disappearance.

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TOWN OF BELOIT, Wis. (WQOW) - The Town of Beloit Police Department is mobilizing all its resources to find a newborn reported missing early Thursday morning.

Town of Beloit Police Chief Steve Kopp says the newborn's name is Kayden J. Powell. The baby's parents told police they woke up to find their son missing from his basinet, which was in the same room. A friend of the family and a relative who were at the home the night before are being questioned at the police station, but Chief Kopp says they are not in custody. Investigators don't have any suspects.

The Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation, the FBI, the City of Beloit Police Department and the Rock County Sheriff's Office are all assisting in the investigation. Kopp says 20 officers and agents are conducting interviews and processing the house as a crime scene.

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TOWN OF BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities are searching for a newborn missing from a Town of Beloit home.

Police say the mother of the baby called 911 about 4:30 a.m. Thursday to report the missing 5-day-old child. Town Police Chief Steven Kopp tells The Janesville Gazette that two people at the baby's home Wednesday night are being questioned, but there have been no arrests.

The Rock County Sheriff's Department and Beloit police are working with town officers on the investigation.

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