Notice of claim filed in Shockley case

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A $3 million notice of claim has been filed in the Jhessye Shockley case.

The action was filed on behalf of three of Shockley’s relatives, and alleges gross negligence against the Glendale Police Department, CPS, and the State of Arizona in the handling of Shockley and her siblings.

“In this case there were so many red flags that it should have been done, they should have been removed,” said attorney Dwane Cates, who filed the notice of claim. “Jerice Hunter had horrific child abuse charges, prison in the past for it, when Jhessye was interviewed at school she had burns on her arm and her leg.”

Hunter is accused of killing her 5-year-old daughter in the fall of 2011, and then placing her body in a trash can.

Police searched for Shockley’s body in the Butterfield Landfill south of the Valley for months, but never found anything.

Despite Shockley’s body never being found, Hunter was arrested for first degree murder and child abuse last September.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.