FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Highway signs flashing an Amber Alert for 11-year-old Jessica Smith are now showing blank screens.
Fort Worth police, though, say the search for the missing girl is still active and has now expanded nationwide.READ MORE: Dallas County Surpasses 3,000 COVID-19 Deaths, 25 More Reported Tuesday
Warrants have also been issued against her mother, Kimberly Smith, for aggravated assault and endangering a child.
Investigators believe Smith kidnapped her daughter from their home in north Fort Worth, after assaulting her Monday night. Investigators add Smith may suffer from a mental illness and has threatened to commit suicide and hurt her children.READ MORE: 'We Still Don't Have Herd Immunity': North Texas Healthcare Community Concerned About Removal Of Mask Mandate
Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said the Amber Alert system is designed to spread information quickly, but not for more than a day or two.
Law enforcement are concerned overusing the alert – or constantly broadcasting one – will diminish its effectiveness and desensitize the public to it.
Police today did cancel an Amber Alert in New Mexico, where there was a reported sighting of Jessica and her mother. Investigators reportedly found no updated information to back up that report.MORE NEWS: Tarrant County Lifts Local Mask Mandate 'Effective Immediately'
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