Arrest warrants issued for Texas mom missing with daughter; Oklahoma connection possible

Feb. 10--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.

By Mitch Mitchell Fort Worth Star-Telegram Published: February 10, 2012
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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.

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