Disturbing details emerge in Jessica Smith kidnap case

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by MARCUS MOORE and CRAIG CIVALE

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Posted on February 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 14 at 6:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jessica Smith is now home with family in Fort Worth. The eleven-year-old arrived Monday night and police said she is in good condition.

Her mother, Kimberly Smith, appeared at an hearing in New Mexico Tuesday morning at which she waived extradition back to Texas.

Affidavits reveal the girl told a counselor that her mother was trying to make her lie and say her father had molested her.

That's when Jessica disappeared, sparking a frantic search nationwide Amber Alert and search.

Newly-released legal paperwork includes some very disturbing revelations.  Jessica told officials at the hospital that her mother tried to kill her. The 11-year-old had a bite mark on her chest, and the report says when Kimberly was unable to take her life, she tried to get her daughter to kill herself by cutting her wrists.

Hospital workers in New Mexico said the child had scratches on her wrist, but they were unable to determine the source of the scratches.

On Sunday, a trooper found mother and daughter in a car on a roadside in a remote stretch of northern New Mexico. Kimberly was crying, telling the officer the pair hadn't eaten in days. Apparently she was melting snow for them to drink.

"That's a big indicator that they're already in survival mode," said New Mexico State Police Trooper Mark Sandoval. "They had been probably out of food and out of water."

Jessica was wearing sweat pants and flip-flops. Trooper Sandoval said she looked relieved to see him.

For now, Jessica will remain in protective custody.

Kimberly Smith remains in the custody of New Mexico authorities. Fort Worth police have 30 days to return her to Texas.

E-mail mmoore@wfaa.com and ccivale@wfaa.com

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