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Kidnapped toddler reunited two years later with West Branch officer who saved his life

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WEST BRANCH (KWWL) -

Kayden Powell is an energetic two year old and an instant friend to all -- especially to West Branch Police Chief Mike Horihan.

Horihan saved the child's life.

"Two years later, you look back, and I'm still in awe," the chief said.

Days after Kayden was born in February of 2014, he was kidnapped.

His mother, Brianna Marshall, experienced her worst nightmare.

"I went around the house and asked everyone, do you have him, and they said no," Marshall said. "I didn't think he was okay."

Marshall's sister, Kristen Smith, took the infant from his Wisconsin home.

Police arrested her in West Branch, Iowa.

Kayden - nowhere to be found.

"It felt like someone was stabbing me in the chest," Marshall said.

Chief Horihan ended up finding the baby in a plastic container at a nearby gas station.

Temperatures were below zero.

While it was a busy gas station, nobody saw or heard baby Kayden for 27 hours.

Horihan spoke about the incident at a reunion meeting Saturday.

"The scary thought is what would've happened if I hadn't found the baby," he said.

And Marshall is grateful not only to have her son back, but also for the lasting relationships with the officers who helped bring Kayden home.

"Fun relationships, trusting relationships," she said, "and I met a bunch of nice people."

Marshall and the officers kept in touch during the past two years.

Smith was was charged with kidnapping.

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