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Woman arrested in Beloit baby kidnapping using multiple names, birth dates

BELOIT, WI (WTAQ) - A woman accused of kidnapping her baby nephew near Beloit last week has used multiple names and birth dates which may have gotten her out of jail in November.

Authorities said 31-year-old Kristen Smith of Denver was arrested last Thursday in Iowa. But the AP says court records and warrants indicate that she was charged elsewhere as 32-year-old Kristen Pearson.

Smith did get married last year -- but she was listed as having differing birth dates on various court records. The AP said it might have been why the woman was released from a Colorado jail November 3rd, while she was wanted for felony crimes in other states.

She was arrested just hours after she allegedly left a home near Beloit with the five-day-old son of her half sister, Brianna Marshall. Marshall has said she was not certain about her half sister's last name.

Officials said they tracked down the woman along Interstate 80 in Iowa, where she reportedly left the child behind a gas station in bitter cold temperatures. He was found unharmed 29 hours later, and was later returned to her mother.

The suspect was listed as Kristen Smith when she was held last week on outstanding warrants from Texas.

In Marathon County, she was known as Pearson when she was fined $434 for misdemeanor theft by fraud November 1st. She previously spent nine months in jail as Kristen Pearson, for four misdemeanor convictions of writing bad checks.

She faces possible federal charges in the baby's kidnapping. The FBI continues to investigate.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)