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Woman charged in kidnapping to stay jailed in Iowa

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TIPTON, Iowa (AP) - The defense attorney for a woman charged with kidnapping her half-sister's newborn from Wisconsin, says her client hopes her half-sister is doing "alright."

Attorney Victoria Noel said Friday that her client, Kristen Smith, wants to express concern for her half-sister because she understands "she has gone through an ordeal."

Federal prosecutors have charged Smith with kidnapping Kayden Powell on Feb. 6 and leaving him at an Iowa gas station. She has been jailed in Iowa since her arrest last week.

Noel made the comments on Smith's behalf to reporters after a court hearing in which Smith declined to challenge her extradition on a warrant from Texas.

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