The mother of Jhessye Shockley has been indicted and arrested for her murder.
Jerice Hunter was in court overnight and is being held on a $500,000 cash bond.
Jhessye was first reported missing in October. Hunter called police.
Detectives said she beat and starved her daughter. They believe Hunter locked the 5-year-old in the closet where she died and then disposed of her body.
Search teams spent months sifting through tons of trash at a landfill south of the Valley, trying to recover Jhessye's remains. When no evidence surfaced, they called off their efforts in June.
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