A family in Beloit, Wisconsin has been through a terrifying rollercoaster of emotion in the last 24 hours, when their infant son was taken from his bassinet and later found alive inside a duffel bag at a gas station miles away.
According to local news affiliate WMTV, Kayden Powell, the 6-day-old baby boy, was allegedly taken from his crib Thursday morning by a visiting friend or relative of the Powells, Kristen Smith. Smith was driving back to her home in Denver when investigators in the missing baby case contacted her.
Smith flagged down a passing police officer, and, after a routine investigative check, was arrested on a felony arrest warrant from Texas. She did not have the baby with her at the time and was not charged in that case, although police are now calling her a “person of interest.”
Benoit police and the FBI will not be releasing the details of Kayden’s rescue until a press conference is held this afternoon, but they did tell WMTV that Police Chief Mike Hornihan was canvassing an Iowa gas station “in the general area” of where Smith was arrested when he located the baby, swaddled in blankets in a gym bag. Hornihan is being lauded as a hero.
Benoit police officer Steven Kopp told WMTV, "Despite frigid temperatures, Kayden was found alive and appears to be doing very well." He added that emergency workers on the scene declared the baby “in excellent health.” Kayden is in the process of being reunited with his family.