Woman accused of stealing her half sister's newborn makes first court appearance

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Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:00 am

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A woman accused of stealing her half sister's newborn boy and abandoning the infant behind a gas station in frigid weather made her first court appearance in Wisconsin on Friday to answer a federal kidnapping charge.

Kristen Smith, 31, could face life in prison if convicted. She made her initial appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker after federal marshals took her to Madison from West Branch, Iowa, where she faces a state child-endangerment charge.

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