Missing 5-Year-Old Jhessye Shockley's Mother Arrested by Glendale P.D.

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James King
Jerice Hunter, the mother of missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley, has been taken into police custody.
The mother of a 5-year-old Glendale girl who's been missing for over a month reportedly has been arrested.

Jerice Hunter, the mother of Jhessye Shockley -- who was last seen on October 11-- was taken into custody this morning, family members have told various news outlets.

Glendale Sergeant Brent Coombs did not immediately respond when asked to confirm whether Hunter was in custody, nor would he confirm as much to other media outlets. Coombs would only say that police are currently at Hunter's home.

Additionally, the Arizona Republic reports, police "crews in white gear were visible at the home."

Shockley, police say, wandered away from siblings -- who were caring for her at her family's apartment at the time -- a little before 5 p.m. on October 11. She hasn't been seen since.

Since her disappearance, a few things have been revealed. For starters, her family is furious with the media and the Glendale Police Department for how they've handled the girl's disappearance -- Shockley's grandmother even said she thinks the media has ignored the case because it involves "a little black girl."

The most notable bombshell, however, is that Hunter, did prison time in California for child abuse. Since Shockley's disappearance, Hunter's other four children -- one of whom was born about two weeks ago -- have been placed in the custody of Child Protective Services for unknown reasons.

Hunter -- in no uncertain terms -- told New Times last month that she's a good mother, and denied any involvement in her daughter's disappearance.

Glendale police have scheduled a news conference for this afternoon to address the latest developments in the case. Check back for updates.

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15 comments
Ross
Ross

Glendale city ordnance:  Cops have to observe a 30-day cooling-off period before searching the home of a convicted child abuser whose kid turns up missing.

restitutiontouscitizensfirst
restitutiontouscitizensfirst

Too much corruption of and mis-application of our laws to be so hasty in judging.   After the crap I've seen a "history" is meaningless.

SunshineInabag
SunshineInabag

Its about time! Keep the psycho in there & investigate WHY CPS put the children back!!!!

Polio pony
Polio pony

The cops have been looking at Jerice Hunter from the start and now probably have the evidence for conviction. Stupid skank.

Jah_003
Jah_003

This whole situation is sad because the child is missing and they are taking the mother from the other kids. its all just sad, just hoping she turns up safe in gods care.

Me
Me

She was a good mom YET she served time I'm prison for child abuse? Shut the front door! I understand ppl make mistakes BUT usually cps gets involved n gives that person a chance to help n change sooo she still ended up in prison means????? This why we got to start limiting reproducing...

RubberBandman
RubberBandman

And you got this information where? Let me help you not from the Glendale PD or any other city office... there is no such ordinance. I guess law school is out for you.

RowdyRuffer
RowdyRuffer

In case you missed it Glendale Police searched the home two days ago after Jerice's arrest. Think about what you wrote...if the Glendale Police have reason to believe you have harmed your child and you are a convicted child abuser they can't search your home for 30 days. Wow! In case you don't get it let me make it clear there is no such ordinance. Fact check baby fact check! Oh yeah and you are an idiot.

bigriggs
bigriggs

I'm sure the kids are much better off being taken away.

Dracheotes
Dracheotes

RUKM?!She has hx of abuse & neglect

eyeswideopen
eyeswideopen

as an abused child I PRAYED someone would take me away.  All of these children are better off

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