FORT WORTH -- Two arrest warrants have been issued for a Fort Worth woman who has been missing with her 11-year-old daughter since Tuesday.
Fort Worth police have asked agencies nationwide to help search for Kimberly Smith, 42. She faces charges of aggravated assault and child endangerment in the disappearance of Jessica Smith.
Smith's estranged husband, Phillip Smith, obtained a temporary protective order against her Thursday.
Family members have described Kimberly Smith as suicidal with a deteriorating mental condition that might cause her to harm her daughter, police have said.
An Amber Alert in Texas was reissued about 5 p.m. Thursday. New Mexico state police issued an alert Wednesday, but it was not renewed Thursday. Amber Alerts expire every 24 hours unless renewed.
The FBI is assisting police.
“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, 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,” police have said.
Investigators who went to the Smith house learned that Kimberly and Jessica Smith were “involved in a domestic violence incident” the previous evening.
The next morning, Kimberly Smith and Jessica were gone.
In addition to the temporary protective order, Phillip Smith received a temporary restraining order and an order calling for his estranged wife to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 21 for hearing to determine whether:
The temporary order should be made permanent.
A temporary injunction should be granted.
Whether he should be granted possession of the house on Indiana Avenue and exclusive use of their vehicle.
And whether he should be granted sole custody of Jessica.
Phillip Smith is asking a judge to deny Kimberly Smith access to the child or require that visits be supervised.
The temporary protective order, which is effective immediately and lasts 20 days, says there is a danger of violence unless Kimberly Smith is ordered to do or refrain from doing certain things. The order sets out requirements including that Kimberly Smith not possess a weapon or ammunition and not communicate with Phillip Smith or Jessica except through an attorney.
Violation of the order is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 or one year in jail.
Phillip Smith, 36, faces a charge of sexual abuse of a child under 14, according to police and court records. He was arrested in October and was 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 say.
Rumors and rumors masquerading as “tips” were flying Thursday.
A Corpus Christi TV station reported that Kimberly Smith's car was spotted Wednesday afternoon on a road near Corpus Christi Bay. Police found nothing.
Someone on an online Amber Alert message board said he or she had heard that Kimberly Smith's credit cards were used in New Mexico and Oklahoma. There is no evidence of that.
Online editor Kathy Vetter contributed to this report.
Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752
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