Police release Jhessye Shockley case interrogation videos

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by Jared Dillingham

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azfamily.com

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 6:47 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- While Jerice Hunter awaits trial on charges that she killed her daughter, Jhessye Shockley, Glendale Police have released hours of taped interrogations from the fall of 2011.

The day after then-5-year-old Jhessye disappeared, Hunter is seen calmly talking to investigators about her daughter.

Photos: Police release photos of Jhessye Shockley's apartment

"She can be so silly sometimes and make you crack up, but I worry about her, too, because she doesn't have a problem approaching strangers.  If a stranger approaches her, like on the bus or in the store, she'll strike up a conversation. That's what worries me about Jhessye," Hunter told an officer.

Hunter says she "went crazy" looking through their home and neighborhood for Jhessye, before calling police.

She suggests Jhessye wandered off into the neighborhood.

Hunter became emotional, crying at one point, when asked by an officer if she had anything to do with her daughter's disappearance.

"No, sir, I did not harm my baby," she sobbed loudly. "Like I said, I have nothing to hide."

Glendale Police eventually arrested Hunter, who should go to trial later this summer on murder and abuse charges.

Jhessye's body was never found, despite an extensive landfill search.
 

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