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Parents speak out after week-old baby found safe in Iowa

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BELOIT, Wis. (KWWL) -

Kayden Powell is back home with his parents in Beloit, Wis., after the child was allegedly kidnapped and left outside at a West Branch gas station overnight in below-freezing temperatures.

The West Branch Police Chief found Powell in a plastic tote outside a gas station.  The boy was alive and well, and wrapped in blankets.

The boy's aunt, Kristen Smith of Denver, Colo., was arrested near the gas station the day before Kayden was found. She faces kidnapping charges.

She's the half-sister of the boy's mother. A criminal complaint says Smith claimed she was pregnant, but authorities say that wasn't the case.

Kayden's mother, Brianna Marshall, noticed her son was missing from their home around 4:30 a.m. Thursday. Also missing -- Marshall's half-sister Smith, who was visiting from Denver.

Marshall said she really doesn't understand why her half-sister would do this to their family.

"I want to know what was going thought her mind," Marshall said. "Like, you're my sister and you did this to my son, my only son. I just don't understand. Why would she hurt me? And especially hurt him?"

Kayden's mother and father were officially reunited with their son in Iowa City around 5 p.m. Friday. FBI agents drove the couple to the hospital.

By Saturday, the couple was at their home in Beloit, Wis., and finally spending quality time with their healthy infant son.

They say they are thankful for everyone in Iowa who searched for him.

Kayden's father says he is keeping the Iowa State hat that he was given at the hospital on, to thank all the Iowa agencies for helping.

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