The woman charged with kidnapping a Wisconsin newborn and leaving him behind an Iowa gas station is due in court Friday.
An extradition hearing's scheduled for Kristen Smith on a Texas warrant charging her with tampering with government records.
Federal prosecutors have charged Smith with kidnapping Kayden Powell but have yet to take her into federal custody. She's been jailed on the Texas warrant and an Iowa child endangerment charge.
Investigators said Smith took her half sister's baby from a southern Wisconsin home Feb. 6. After the baby's mother reported him missing, police contacted Smith as she was driving through Iowa and ordered her to stop for questioning.
She denied knowledge of Kayden's whereabouts, but was arrested on the Texas warrant. Police found the child alive about 29 hours later.
Records show Smith has a criminal history under an alias in Wisconsin.
According to a WAOW-TV report, Kristen R. Smith once lived in Wausau, and Marathon County records list multiple cases filed against Smith under a different name, Kristen L. Pearson.
A mug shot from Marathon County Sheriff's Department dated 2011 compared with Smith’s mug shot from Cedar County, Iowa, show Pearson is Smith. The date of birth on record for Pearson is Jan. 10, 1982, which would make her 32 years old. Smith’s birthday is Jan. 11, 1983.
Marathon County records show Smith, as Pearson, had several felony and misdemeanor cases filed against her, including a conviction for four misdemeanor counts of issuing bad checks worth less than $2,500. She was sentenced to nine months in jail.
It is unclear what would have motivated Smith to abduct the newborn, but court documents said Smith had lied about being pregnant and giving birth just days before Powell was taken. When Smith was arrested at an Iowa gas station, about 500 yards from where Powell was later found, police found a prosthetic pregnancy belly in her car.
Smith was charged Thursday with child endangerment in connection with Powell’s kidnapping by Cedar County Attorney Jeffrey Renander, who said she endangered Powell "in numerous ways."
Smith was charged by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin Friday with kidnapping last Friday just hours after Powell was found.
Documents show Smith faces multiple fraud and document tampering charges in three states.
Renander said Smith made an initial court appearance Thursday on the child endangerment case and remains at the county jail.
If Smith is released on the charges out of Texas, federal authorities will immediately take her into custody, officials said. She would then be returned to Wisconsin to face the federal kidnapping charges. If she is not released on the Texas charges federal authorities would have to wait.