Jhessye Shockley's mom in jailhouse letter: CPS is abusing my other 3 kids

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 7 at 9:45 PM

PHOENIX -- Jerice Hunter is being housed at the Estrella Women’s Jail in Phoenix, accused of killing her daughter, Jhessye Shockley, in 2011.

Now Hunter’s claiming Child Protective Services (CPS) is abusing her three other children.

Hunter's mother, Shirley Johnson, also blames the state for neglecting her granddaughter’s broken arm in 2012.
 
“They didn't even take the time to set her arm right, she has a deformity in her wrist,” said Johnson.

A CPS spokesperson told Johnson via email the arm was broken on the playground.

An upset Hunter sent a three page letter from jail to Elder Kim Baker, a member of a local church in Peoria, with her concerns.

Baker read part of the letter to 3TV.

“On the flip side of page one, Jerice speaks and says, ‘Speaking of juveniles, my children have been repeatedly abused in those foster homes. And they've been moved four times in last year.  My youngest baby even has a broken arm,'" read Baker.

Baker is also worried about the care the children are receiving and said, “If her children are suffering abuse in any manner under CPS care and custody that is a grave injustice.”

The children’s grandmother told 3TV some of the kids have infected feet, intestinal issues, and heart problems that aren't being taken care of.

Johnson said their living situation is so bad her 16-year-old granddaughter tried killing herself.

“She had two attempted suicides and was forced medicated and she's on heavy, heavy medication and she can't even think,” said Johnson, who’s been denied custody of her grandchildren.

The grandmother said she took several parenting classes in hopes of getting custody of her grandchildren.

“I'm a professional.  I work as a nurse and I do not have a criminal record. I don't know why they won't let these kids come,” said Johnson, who lives in California.

CPS spokesperson Nicole Moon sent us this statement when asked about the welfare of Hunter’s children:

“Unfortunately, per ARS §8-807, the Department cannot provide case specific information unless the request involves a case of abuse or neglect that has resulted in a fatality or near fatality.”

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