The Smiths are portrayed by the Hunt Family as going to the law first.
"It's not the way it was. It was quite different. We had actually told Miss Hunt that this was wrong," Laurie told CBS12's Jana Eschbach.
But, according to the Smiths Kate was warned, not once, but twice to stop.
"Another adult, a mother, came to me and said 'Ms. Smith you need to know this...we told Miss Hunt to leave your daughter alone. But they are in a relationship, and she's 18.' 18? My daughter is only 14," Laure said.
Their 14-year-old began to act out, and one weekend morning they opened her door and she was gone.
"It's the worst thing that I've ever experienced," Jim said. "Somebody took her is what we thought. Because her running away is the furthest thing from my mind. You hear kids getting abducted out of your home. That was heart-wrenching."
Reported missing, and found safe, the Smiths found out she was with Kate, who picked her up even though she had been told to stay away.
"Didn't stop, then we didn't have an alternative but to turn to the law, use it as a last resort," said Jim.