IOWA CITY (AP) — A woman suspected of kidnapping a baby is being jailed apart from the general population for safety reasons, a sheriff said.
Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington said Monday that Kristen R. Smith, 31, of Denver is in her own cell at the county jail in Tipton.
He said 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 discovered missing Wisconsin newborn Kayden Powell alive and well despite being in freezing temperatures for up to 29 hours.
The FBI alleged that 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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