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Kayden & parents in Chicago, neighbors reflect on hectic days

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Gas station in West Branch, Iowa near where Kayden was found Gas station in West Branch, Iowa near where Kayden was found
Kristen Smith who is now facing a kidnapping charge in the case. Kristen Smith who is now facing a kidnapping charge in the case.

TOWN OF BELOIT, Wisconsin (WKOW) --Baby Kayden Powell and his parents are currently in Chicago.

The family, reunited after police said Kayden was allegedly kidnapped by his aunt Thursday, is "enjoying being back together" and trying to stay out of the media spotlight, a relative said by phone Sunday.

A criminal complaint against Kristen Smith, Kayden's aunt, alleges she took the boy from his parents, Brianna Marshall and Bruce Powell, early Thursday morning from a home in the Town of Beloit.

Relatives at the home Sunday said they did not know when Marshall, Powell and baby Kayden might return. But neighbors said they remain relieved and satisfied about the outcome of the case.

Kayden was recovered from a gas station in Iowa after police allege Smith left him outside, in the cold, in a plastic bin for roughly 29 hours.

"That was truly a miracle that the baby was found," said Brenda Smith-Allen, who lives down the block from the residence where Kayden went missing.

"I'm grateful," Smith-Allen added.

Tami Powell, who calls herself a close friend of one of the baby's relatives, said the abduction unnerved the entire community.

"The Beloit police department, I really feel safe with those guys around," she said. "But they can't be around here all the time."

"There's a lot of talk out there that people don't feels safe anymore," Powell said.

But Smith-Allen said her perception of the neighborhood remains unchanged.

"This was a fluke," she said. "These are good people."

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