Missing Wisconsin newborn found safe in Iowa

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BELOIT, Wis. — Six-day-old Kayden Powell has been found alive in West Branch, Iowa.

On Thursday, Feb. 5, Powell was reported missing by his mother, 18-year-old Brianna Marshall.

According to FOX6Now, police in West Branch, Iowa, were searching a gas station near Interstate 80 when an officer heard a baby’s cry. Upon closer investigation, the officer discovered Powell in a tote bag swaddled in blankets outside of the gas station. Despite the frigid temperature, emergency officials said Powell was in excellent condition.

Previously, the boy’s mother spoke with reporters about her son’s disappearance.

“It’s just killing me inside,” Kayden’s mother, 18-year-old Brianna Marshall, told CNN affiliate WTMJ. “I held that baby one time and that was the last time I seen that baby and held him.”

Marshall reported her son missing around 4:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 6. Marshall said she woke up to check on her son and discovered him missing from his bassinet.

Iowa authorities are holding a relative of one of the baby’s aunts on an unrelated fraud warrant. Police said Kristin Smith was arrested at a convenience store along I-80 in Iowa. Prior to her arrest, Smith was at the home where Powell lived around the time the baby was last seen.

Smith allegedly said she was Marshall’s half-sister and that she, Marshall and the baby’s father would be moving to Colorado. Smith reportedly left the home without explanation around 1:30 a.m. Thursday to drive to Colorado.

“She had baby clothing in her car, but the plan was for Kayden and his mother and his father to move to Colorado, so that’s the explanation for the baby clothing in the car,” WISN quoted Kopp as saying.

Authorities have not described Smith as a suspect in the baby’s disappearance.

According to media reports, Smith will undergo more questioning on Friday.

CNN contributed to this report.

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