Jerice Hunter, Mother Suspected in Disappearance of 5-Year-Old Jhessye Shockley, Released From Jail

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Jerice Hunter is a free woman...for now.
Jerice Hunter, the mother of missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley -- who is suspected in the girl's disappearance -- has been released from jail.

Hunter, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says, was released about 10:40 a.m today.

Jerry Cobb, spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, tells New Times Hunter was released because no charges against her were formally filed within 48 hours of her arrest last week. Because charges weren't filed within 48 hours, authorities could not legally hold Hunter.

Cobb says that doesn't mean charges won't be filed in the future -- he says the MCAO is awaiting results from an additional investigation into Hunter by the Glendale Police Department before making any charging decisions. He says his office is working closely with Glendale cops, who suspect Shockley is likely dead and plan to search for her remains in a city landfill in coming weeks.

Hunter was arrested last week and booked into jail on child abuse charges "directly related" to Shockley's October 11 disappearance.

According to court records obtained by New Times, two of Jhessye's siblings, who are now in foster care, told their foster parents about some of the abuse Shockley received at the hands of her mother, who spent four years in a California prison for child abuse -- and scolded us last month for asking whether she hurt her daughter .

Jhessye's 13-year-old sister told her foster parents that several weeks before Shockley was reported missing, Hunter came home and found her watching TV with a boy from the neighborhood. The girl told her foster parents -- and later police -- that Hunter called Jhessye a "ho" and dragged her into a bedroom where the sister could hear Jhessye screaming and crying.

Following the apparent beating, Hunter kept Shockley in a closet. Her sister told police she had to bring the 5-year-old water when Hunter was out so she wouldn't become dehydrated. She would let the her out when Hunter was gone, but quickly put Jhessye back when Hunter got home to keep her from getting in trouble.

The sister also told investigators that she saw bruises and cuts on Shockley's face and body while she was kept in the closet, and that her eyes were black and only slightly open.

The 13-year-old also told police that Shockley's hair had been pulled out and that she didn't look alive. She describes her as looking like a "zombie" and that the closet she was kept in smelled like "dead people" and was like a "grave."

All of the alleged abuse happened weeks before Hunter called police on October 11. The last time anyone saw Jhessye alive was September 22, which was the last time records show her attending school. Her sisters say they never saw Jhessye the day her mother reported her missing, when Hunter told police the older siblings were watching the girl as she ran errands.

On October 9, Hunter bought a bottle of bleach at a Walgreens. She then cleaned the entire apartment and scrubbed her shoes that were in the closet with Jhessye with bleach, the sister told police.

Court records also show that Hunter was suspected of child abuse in April, and a report was filed. It's unclear whether Child Protective Services was alerted about the reported abuse.

Hunter has made sobbing attempts to declare her innocence since the day she reported her daughter missing more than two weeks after she was last seen alive. She's blamed everyone from the media to the Glendale Police Department for not locating her daughter. When we spoke to her, Hunter went ballistic when we suggested that she hurt her daughter.

"I really think they should take the focus off of me and quit asking people -- wasting time -- if I did something to my daughter," Hunter told us last month. "They should quit holding my babies hostage and trying to get them to say something [about what happened to Jahessye]. [Authorities are] telling me 'your kids aren't saying anything.' It's been 13 days. What do they expect my babies to say that they haven't already said? [CPS] don't wanna hear 'we love our mama, we wanna go home we want our mommy' -- they don't wanna hear that. They won't let me see them because they don't want them running into my arms. They don't wanna hear them scream 'mommy.'"

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A Simple High School Student
A Simple High School Student

A five-year-old is more than likely deceased, and nearly all the comments below me are filled with bigotry and vulgarity? Truly sad...almost makes me lose faith in humanity at its current state.

Whether this child was Black or White or Latina, she was still the victim of abuse, a universal label. Please, in your hearts, offer condolence and sympathy rather than racist remarks.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

This "thing" knows what happened to her daughter....just breaks my heart to know this happens to children. 5 years old and never had a chance. peace

Keith
Keith

I noticed on the tv fox 10 news at 5pm when she got out of jail no one was there to pick her up and give her a ride back to the Glendale ghetto hood where she lives. thats some real family love there. it would have been nice for fox 10s linda williams who was bugging her for an interview to give her black sister a ride home to get the interview with her. a lil kindness goes a long way linda. then linda shows up at the apartments where this lady lives and interviews the residents there fox 10s. linda williams is an asshole.she should have given the lady a ride home from jail being as she was going there anyway to talk to the rersidents then maybe the lady might have done the interview after you helped her out.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

maybe but she is a cunt that killed her kid, so what makes you think she deserves a ride from anyone?

Nate
Nate

What the HELL is a Jerice anyway? what is that? sounds like a new STD.

Big and Black
Big and Black

Do I look like I  hurt my child? I said do i look like I hurt my child? this photo screams coon,pickaninny, jiggaboo.check out that hair. do I look like I hurt my child? never talk to the media.

Caucasian, Not White !!!
Caucasian, Not White !!!

Pickaninny ?Why not just call them "Nigger In Training"

Mrskg40
Mrskg40

WOW!! I can't believe the things that are being said. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. However, is this the place to express your ignorance? We're talking about a 5 year old BABY!! It doesn't matter of her race, creed, or color. Grow the hell up people! Have some kind of dignity!!

Sal
Sal

 most people on here are talking about a trashy black broad who beats kids not a 5 year old missing girl.

Lone Lunatic
Lone Lunatic

 move to another planet is my further advice. EARTH AND IT INHABITANTS SUCK AND ARE MEAN AND VIOLENT.

Tramp
Tramp

 my advice is to not read new times if you can handle idiots.

restitutiontouscitizensfirst
restitutiontouscitizensfirst

OK all you lovers of liberty!  Get the lynch mob over to Glendale!  You've all talked the big talk!  She is released for your pleasure!  Regardless of no proof show her the USA Way of Justice!  

oh . . .  wadaya meen?  U just lynch on paper, on twits and other media?

Nate
Nate

the proud lady liberty is a coke whore, and they are all looting the same store.

The Sum of All Fears
The Sum of All Fears

There can be no more tragic a life than the one in which premature death by any means is the only providence of peace this child of five years may have ever realized.Jhessie never knew the splendor of childhood. What instead was her's was the vile of evil that being the descendant of this thng from another existence who she knew only as "mother", and the rest of us know only as human filth.Some are born to do great things in life... while others are born to suffer at the hands of a creature who has no business calling itself worthy of our world.Born to be frightened and tormented throughout a life too brief to be exalted as such. Wherever Jhessie is now I will wish success and hope she's found some sense of peace.

DWB
DWB

 You mean, Some people get rich in life and others eat shit and die. Quote from  Hunter S Thompson. Hunter said it better he was more to the point. Fuck the drama.

Dumb White Bastard
Dumb White Bastard

Fuck, shit, crap, faggot...Is this easier for an imbecile such as yourself to understand.I'll have to keep that in mind for next time. Fucking asshole !Yeah, that's better, huh ???

Nate
Nate

 They use that word melanzan often on the tv show the SOPRANOS to describe black people. I know I know you dont watch that show. its an Italian racist thing.

Chuck Zito
Chuck Zito

 next thing ya know he will be asking what a Dago and Guinea or a Wop is? check me out at www.chuckzito.com learn boy learn!

Lone Lunatic
Lone Lunatic

 your showing your uneducated ignorance by not getting why a black person is called a melanzan by Italians. walk up to any Italian and they will explaine it to your sad naive ignorant desert ass.

GUINEA
GUINEA

 Your way out of touch with the White Black Italian  thing I can tell. go back east to New Jersey or New York City to the Bronx and let me know what you learned. your about 60 years behind us back east big city dago and guineas.

DWB= DumbWhiteBastard
DWB= DumbWhiteBastard

I might be if I knew what the fuck a "moulnian" was.Sounds like a space alien from a 1957 drive-in movie.Do have two heads ?Do you give good head ???

Big and Black
Big and Black

 are you a dumb white bastard?  is that what your saying?

DWB
DWB

 thats Italian for eggplant.

DWB
DWB

 are you n love with this moulnian?

Dash Riprock
Dash Riprock

The new 2012 child beater calendars and dart boards are in stores now and this is Miss January 2012 GET YOURS NOW BEFORE THEY SELL OUT. now she can get back to her low income section 8 Glendale ghetto apartment welfare and food stamp lifestyle.

Nate
Nate

 didn't they sell those calenders on black Friday?

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

What a sad story for these kids. 

Too bad they let her out....she probably isn't very well liked in her neighborhood these days.

This is what happens when "the system" fails our children in Arizona.  I think we have seen this happen far too many times lately. 

My prayers go out to these kids who are now having to deal with what happened in their lives. 

Thanks for the update, Mr. King.

Welcome back too.

DWB
DWB

 its a sad story for the whole human race now days. life and humans on earth is not so great either. we are all screwed up beyond help.

LilL Sweet
LilL Sweet

SHE LOOKS LIKE JAMES KINGS MOTHER.

Crazy Joe Davola
Crazy Joe Davola

now she is just gonna go get pregnant again while she is out of the slammer. you know how it is with those colored people.

smo1104@yahoo.com
smo1104@yahoo.com

Those colored people? Hmm I know people of all decsents who make baby after baby when they shouldn't have any at all!!! I don't believe "color" has anything to do with it!!!!!!!!!! That is quite racist and stereotypical, not to mention simple minded.

Sal
Sal

 smo1104, if you ever go to jail or prison you will notice blacks hang out with the blacks and mex hang out with the mex and whites out hang with the whites and thats the way it is in the joint. you live in a nicey poo imaginary dreamworld of make believe. its worse out there in reality than you know.

Buddy Revell
Buddy Revell

 most gangs on the streets are either all Black, all White or all Latino. it does not change when your on the inside behind prison walls. same rules apply there.

Sal
Sal

next thing ya know he no nothing expertshot will be telling you the prison staff decides who will get ass raped, beat to a bloody pulp of shit and or stabbed to death. yea white guys mexican guys and black guys in prison all just love to hang out with each other all day 365 like loving brothers just like in real life in our perfect world.

Ex Convict 81
Ex Convict 81

  this is an untrue. prison is segregated by skin color by the convicts not the staff. if you ever did time in the joint you would know this fact. move on your living in a fantasy world. SHAKA

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

The prison controls who hangs out with who, not the inmates.  The prison administrators do that so they can foster violence and more information being generated about crimes they can bust people for and put them in prison.  The prison industry thrives on violence in society and will perpetuate it if given half the chance.  In this State the republicants have given the prison industry a whole chance - watch your back people - you may be the next inmate in GED Jan's archipeligo in the desert.  Aloha!

White Trash
White Trash

 im a simpleminded stereotypical white trash pecker wood cracker redneck.  I bet you knew that to. simple man by lynyrd skynyrd is one of the greatest songs ever written.

Crazy Joe Davola
Crazy Joe Davola

 They were called Colored People or Negroes where I grew up in the 1950s and at my age im not changing my way of talking. im not politically  correct and never will be.im an old school non conformist.

DWB
DWB

 whats wrong with a white ass? its the one god gave me. are you a raciest? you sound like you are

Lone Lunatic
Lone Lunatic

 I agree there is plenty of white trash welfare mothers all over sunny slope and the apartments on the north east corner of 19th ave and bell road. those places are full of mostly fat ugly white trash single welfare mothers. as we all know, welfare mothers make better lovers. a song by rocker neil young.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

well I am tired of people trying to say that only mexicans, and only blacks are on welfare. Look at BCC and tell me teh stupid bitches with 4 kids that are white aren't on welfare and  doing meth?

lala80
lala80

I am a single mother of 2.  I work my ass off and yes I'm on welfare.  Not all "welfare moms" are white trash.  Unless you know what your talking about, maybe you should keep your opinons to yourself!

Nate
Nate

 I have gotten laid a few times in those apartments. lots of lonely white welfare mothers looking for a Big Schlong and all night dreams made of  man made cream.

LilL Sweet
LilL Sweet

 same as with mexican women. the welfare and food stamp crowd that drains us of our tax $ dollars by never using birth control.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

or never getting abortions, because they are against those, and BC.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

White people are just as guilty of this BTW.

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