Amber Alert issued for missing Fort Worth 11-year-old

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by MARCUS MOORE and CASEY NORTON

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Posted on February 7, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 8 at 6:48 PM

Amber Alert

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FORT WORTH - Police issued an Amber Alert for Jessica Smith, 11, at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The girl was last seen near the 7300 block of Indiana Avenue and it is believed she was taken by her mother, Kimberly, between 9 o'clock Monday night and 6 o'clock Tuesday morning.

They are believed to be traveling in a silver 2007 Mazda CX-9 sport utility vehicle with Texas license plate BMZ-390. The vehicle has tinted windows and a pink and green Harley Davidson decal on the rear window.

Jessica Smith is described as white, 5-foot-1 and 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

"She's a very friendly girl; she's a real sweetheart," said neighbor Allison Perkins. "We're all praying for her and her family that everything's okay."

Kimberly Smith is described as white, 5-foot-2 and 150 pounds, also with brown hair and brown eyes. She has a tattoo of a cross on the back of her neck, and another tattoo on her back.

It is believed Jessica Smith is in danger. Police do not know where Jessica or her mother may be.

"We received some information from witnesses and our investigation is ongoing," said Ofc. Cliff Miller with the Fort Worth police. "Based on what we've gathered so far, we have reason to believe that she is in danger. That's all we can say about the circumstances surrounding this case."

The girl is a fifth grader at Parkwood Hill Intermediate School in north Fort Worth. News 8's Casey Norton reports the school contacted police when Jessica Smith did not arrive for class on Tuesday.

"I really want to find her, because she's my like best friend," said 13-year-old Tammy Vu. She said she's been friends with Jessica since they were both in the first grade. "I don't think she's going to be missing for that long, because I don't think her mom would do something like that. Her mom was really nice when we would talk with her."

It is believed Kimberly Smith was involved in an argument at the home Monday night, but police would not speculate as to why she allegedly took her daughter. The police have not been able to make contact with either mother or daughter.

A year ago, Kimberly Smith and her husband went through messy divorce proceedings. The father was previously accused of serious criminal charges, though News 8 is working to confirm the details of those charges. The father does not currently live with the daughters.

According to the stepsisters living in the house, Kimberly Smith has been struggling lately with the divorce. Her daughters wanted her to get help, but she refused.

One stepsister, Caitlin Fields, said the situation grew heated Monday night.

"There was a lot happening - like, my mom, my older sister [and] my little sister were are arguing and fighting and stuff," Fields said. "It was like they all kept saying they were done with each other and I had to help my sister get my mom away from Jessica, so that Jessica could go sit down and cool off."

Fields said when the family went to bed last night, they thought everything had calmed down. But Tuesday morning Kimberly woke up those in the house yelling. The stepsisters thought Kimberly Smith had taken Jessica to school, until they got a phone call from the school saying she was not there.

"Her school had talked to Jessica yesterday in the counseling office, and they got worried that she wasn't at school today, so they sent the police over," Fields said.

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