Woman accused of kidnapping daughter back in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH -- A Fort Worth woman accused of kidnapping her daughter and then fleeing to New Mexico a few weeks ago was booked this morning into the Tarrant County Jail.

Kimberly Smith, 42, also known as Kimberly Ann Fields, was led into jail at about 12:32 a.m. where she faces a charge of aggravated kidnapping.

Smith is scheduled to be in court at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Criminal District Court No. 432.

Her extradition was delayed last week when the van she was riding in hit a deer, a worker with the transport company said Friday.

The Fort Worth woman was found Feb. 12 with her 11-year-old daughter, Jessica Smith, at the edge of a New Mexico forest nearly a week after the girl was reported missing from her home in far north Fort Worth.

Jessica was returned to Fort Worth on Feb. 13.

A van operated by PTS of America, a prisoner transportation company, was traveling in southern Colorado at about 6 p.m. last week when a deer ran across the road, according to an administrative assistant at PTS. The driver could not avoid a collision, said the worker, who declined to identify himself.

Eight prisoners inside the van had bumps and bruises and were taken to a hospital, but none were admitted, he said.

Tarrant County contracts with Nashville-based PTS for extraditions, said Marc Flake, spokesman for the county administrator's office.

The PTS employee did not specify the location of the wreck. Because the van had front-end damage, the prisoners were held for about a day and a half in a local jail while the company dispatched a replacement vehicle, he said.

On Feb. 6, the night before Jessica went missing, Smith stuffed a rag into her throat and tried to smother her, then threatened to kill her and herself with a knife, according to arrest warrant affidavits.

A witness said she thought that the incident was over and did not report it, the affidavits said. The witness discovered that Smith and Jessica were gone the next day.

An Amber Alert was issued Feb. 7 after officials at Parkwood Hill Intermediate School, where Jessica is a fifth-grader, reported that she had not shown up for classes.

Aggravated kidnapping is a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison.

This reports includes information from Star-Telegram archives.

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