The arrest of Jerice Hunter is definitely connected to the disappearance of her daughter, missing child Jhessye Shockley. It's been confirmed that the Glendale woman is charged with first degree murder and child abuse stemming from the five-year-old's disappearance in October of 2011. There still hasn't been a body found in this search, paving the way for a very difficult trial.
Not only was Jerice Hunter arrested and charged, she was indicted prior to her arrest in a quick decision made by a judge in Arizona. Without the remains of Jhessye Shockley, it's going to be hard to land a convictionÂ—especially since Hunter is maintaining her innocence.
The siblings of the missing girl claim that Hunter abused the child and kept her in a closet until she "looked like a zombie." It's believed that Hunter threw Jhessye's body away in a dumpster, which ultimately made it to a landfill in the area. Unfortunately the massive and expensive search for the missing child resulted in nothing. Nonetheless, Glendale Police Chief Debora Black said that Jhessye is most likely at the bottom if the Butterfield Landfill, south of Phoenix.
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