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FORT WORTH - New Mexico authorities have released dashcam footage of the moment a state police officer found Kimberly Smith and her daughter, Jessica.

In the video, Kimberly can be seen and heard crying as New Mexico State Police Sgt. Mark Sandoval walks her to his patrol car.

Kimberly: [Crying...crying.]

Officer: I've got you. We're going to help you out, okay?

On the left side of the screen, Kimberly Smith is seen being helped by Sgt. Sandoval. And on the right, 11-year-old Jessica is seen holding a stuffed animal. On the tape, officer Sandoval is heard asking whether or not the two have eaten.

Officer: When was the last time you ate anything?

Kimberly: It's been a week. It's been a week.

Police believe Kimberly and Jessica could have been completely out of food and water for two days when Sandoval found them near the Carson National Forest. Their car was stuck in several inches of snow, police said.

Photographs released last week show water bottles packed with fresh snow, which was evidence the pair was in survival mode, according to police.

Officer: Okay Jessica, you okay?

Jessica: [inaudible]

Officer:
How's your mom been treating you?

Jessica: [inaudible] ...we've been fine. She hasn't hurt me.

Authorities used cell-phone technology to track down the Fort Worth mother and daughter.

On the tape, you can hear Jessica asking questions.

Jessica: What city are in?

Officer: What's that?

Jessica: What city are we in?

Officer: We're in the State of New Mexico, you're near Tres Piedras.

Jessica: I thought we were in Albuquerque.

Officer: No, you're a long ways from Albuquerque.

Sandoval drove Jessica and Kimberly to a ambulance, and then they were taken to an area hospital to be checked out.

Jessica is in the custody of her grandparents. Kimberly Smith is in the Taos County Jail, awaiting extradition back to Fort Worth. She faces charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault.

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