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Jury selection underway in Kristen Smith trial

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A jury was being picked in Madison Monday for the federal court trial of a woman accused of kidnapping her baby nephew, and leaving him to die in sub-zero temperatures.

Kristen Smith is charged with kidnapping. She faces a mandatory 25 years in prison if she's convicted -- and she could get a life sentence.

Prosecutors said Smith kidnapped 5-day-old Kayden Powell from his mother near Beloit in February.

Authorities arrested Smith in Iowa as she was driving back to her home in Colorado.

Officials said Kayden was not with Smith at the time -- but they found him freezing the next day in a crate behind a gas station.

The infant survived despite being in sub-zero conditions for more than a day.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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