Los Angeles police are investigating death threats made against 5-year-old Good Luck Charlie
star Mia Talerico, authorities confirm to PEOPLE.
Talerico, who plays Charlie on the Disney Channel show, initially received frightening messages on her Instagram page in January, according to TMZ
, which first reported the story.
Law-enforcement officials did not elaborate on the contents of the death threats.
"Our threat analysis unit always keeps our threat investigations findings and recommendations confidential because often the people who make threats read the media coverage they receive," LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith confirmed to PEOPLE.
TMZ reportedly obtained police documents of the disturbing messages, which supposedly also contained defaced photos of the star.
Talerico's Instagram account
, which is run by her mother, features photos of the young actress with family, friends and stuffed animals – the young, smiling star usually decked out in her signature pink outfits.
Good Luck Charlie
stirred up controversy in late January when it introduced Disney's first-ever lesbian couple
. Fans – and Hannah Montana
herself, Miley Cyrus
– applauded the move
as an important step toward diversity on the channel.
Meanwhile, conservative groups including Family Research Council and One Million Moms openly blasted
The four-year-old series will end its run
after this season's finale. A rep for Disney declined to comment on the threats made against Talerico.
With reporting by PATRICK GOMEZ