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Warrants issued for Fort Worth mom who took daughter

02/08/2012 11:13 PM

10/11/2012 8:08 AM

FORT WORTH -- Two arrest warrants have been issued for a Fort Worth mother who took her 11-year-old daughter from her home three days ago, and police have asked agencies nationwide to help in the search.

Jessica Smith is believed to be with her mother, Kimberly Smith, 42, whose family has described her as suicidal with a deteriorating mental condition. Police have said that Jessica may be in danger.

An Amber Alert in Texas was re-issued about 5 p.m. Thursday.

Police said Kimberly Smith is now being sought for aggravated assault and child endangerment. Her estranged husband, Phillip Smith, filed for a protective order on Thursday.

The FBI is also assisting Fort Worth police in the search.

"When there is probable cause that there is an abducting parent who has fled interstate to avoid prosecution or confinement, there is a federal process, known as 'Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP),' which may be used to allow the FBI to more fully utilize its resources," Special Agent Lydia Maese, the FBI’s media coordinator, said in a statement.

Kimberly Smith has custody of her daughter, and both lived in the 7300 block of Indiana Avenue in the Summerfields neighborhood of far north Fort Worth.

School officials called police Tuesday when Jessica did not arrive for class and "expressed concern for Jessica's well being," Sgt. Pedro Criado, a police spokesman, wrote in a news release.

Investigators went to the Smith house and learned from people there that Kimberly and Jessica Smith had been "involved in a domestic violence incident" the previous evening.

"Smith placed Jessica in imminent danger of serious bodily injury," Criado said, but the people at the house said Jessica did not appear to be seriously injured.

The next morning, when family members realized that Smith and Jessica were not in the house, they assumed that Jessica had gone to school.

Jessica's father, Phillip Monroe Smith, 36, is facing a charge of sexual abuse of a child under 14, police and court records show. He was arrested in October and released from jail after posting $100,000 bail.

Phillip and Kimberly Smith are divorcing. The family was ordered to undergo psychological evaluations, and the divorce case was referred to mediation, records show.

"This is a complex criminal investigation involving mental illness and allegations of sexual abuse that may or may not be true," Criado said. "Therefore information is very limited in order to preserve evidence, protect potential victims, and the integrity of the investigation."

According to Department of Public Safety policy, Amber Alerts expire every 24 hours, Criado wrote. Police asked that it be reissued Wednesday and again Thursday.

Anyone with information should call 911 or Fort Worth police at 817-335-4222.

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