Investigative report reveals more about Jhessye Shockley case

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 6:13 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Faded pictures and dirty teddy bears, some of these items have been sitting on a street corner in Glendale for a year.

Jhessye Shockley, 5, was reported missing last October by her mother.

Jerice Hunter was recently arrested for her daughter's murder, even though a body hasn’t been found.

Hunter's sister, Tammy, was at Jhessye’s growing memorial at 45th Avenue and Glendale on Thursday.

“Everybody talks about the bad part of Jerice and we know the good side of her and I would've never thought that this would've happened or I would've did something,” said Tammy.

In an investigative report so large it takes days to read through, we're learning more about Jhessye’s mom.

A woman told investigators she met Hunter at a shelter, and Hunter wanted to have an affair.

The woman stayed a week with Jhessye and her mom at their apartment and told investigators she didn't like how Hunter treated the child.

She told investigators Hunter spanked her daughter everyday while she was staying there.

The woman was also questioned about a suitcase she left at the apartment when she moved.

The woman told investigators the suitcase was big enough to put Jhessye in.

It's also been revealed that another woman gave Hunter a ride to Tempe several days before Jhessye went missing.

The driver told investigators Hunter had a large heavy suitcase and apologized for the smell.

Once they got to the apartment, Hunter put the suitcase into a dumpster.

Glendale Police searched the Butterfield Landfill, south of Phoenix, unsuccessfully for Jhessye’s body.
 

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