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Accused kidnapper Kristen Smith involuntarily discharged from Army

Kristin Smith
Kristin Smith

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A woman accused of kidnapping her half-sister's baby near Beloit served in the Army Reserve for about a year, before she was involuntarily discharged.

31-year-old Kristen Smith was in a military police unit in Fond du Lac from December of 2011 until she was removed almost a year later.

The Army's Human Resources Command told the AP that an involuntary release so early into an eight-year commitment period had to turn up major problems of some type -- but they could not reveal what they were. Army spokesman Ray Gall said it was not due to a crime or a court martial, but he could not elaborate under the Army's policy.

Smith is due in federal court in Madison Friday, after a grand jury indicted her Thursday on a kidnapping charge that carries a possible life prison term.

Authorities said she took five-day-old Kayden Powell from his mother near Beloit on February 6th, and left him behind an Iowa gas station close to where officers stopped her for questioning a few hours after the reported kidnapping. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)