CRIME AND COURT ROUNDUP: Smith's attorney claims she had permission to take her nephew
A woman who's on trial for kidnapping her newborn nephew near Beloit claimed she had permission to take the infant. Matthew Noel, the defense attorney for Kristen Smith, told jurors yesterday that the baby's father allowed her to take young Kayden Powell to her home near Denver. Noel said both parents were about to move to Colorado to start a new life. He made the remark in an opening statement in Smith's federal court trial in Madison on a kidnapping charge.