Jerice Hunter held on $500K bond in Jhessye's murder

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Jerice Hunter in court on murder and child abuse charges in her daughter's death. Jerice Hunter in court on murder and child abuse charges in her daughter's death.
Jerice Hunter's booking photo on Thursday. Jerice Hunter's booking photo on Thursday.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

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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