Person of interest in missing child case arrested in West Branch

Woman arrested on unrelated warrant out of Texas, held for questioning

Published: February 6 2014 | 1:54 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:17 am in
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WEST BRANCH — A person of interest in a missing child case out of Wisconsin has been arrested in West Branch.

West Branch police arrested Kristin Smith on a warrant out of Texas at the Kum and Go along Interstate 80 at about 5:30 a.m. Steven Kopp, police chief for the Town of Beloit, in Wisconsin, told affiliate WISC TV that Smith was arrested on a warrant unrelated to the missing child case, but that police wanted to talk with her about the missing baby. Kopp also told WISC TV Smith is the half-sister of the baby's mother, and the baby was not with her.

Smith is being held at the Cedar County jail with charges related to a warrant out of Texas.

A release from the Town of Beloit police department in Wisconsin said the 5-day old baby boy was reported missing around 4:30 a.m. Thursday from a home at 836 East homeland Court in the Town of Beloit. The release said the initial investigation indicated the baby's mother, Brianna Marshall woke up and found the baby, Kayden J. Powell, missing.

The release said officers and agents are trying to locate and interview friends and family in relation to the child's the disappearance and the home is being processed for evidence.

The missing child is black, 20 inches long, 6 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. The Rock County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and the FBI are assisting in the case.

Anyone with information is directed to contact the Town of Beloit Police Department at 608-757-2244.

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