Jhessye Jash’ua Shockley
Jhessye, approximately 2011; Age when reported missing: 7 (approximately 2013); George Shockley in 2005; Jerice Hunter in 2011
Date reported missing : 10/11/2011
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 04/01/2006 (15)
Age at the time of disappearance: 5 years old
Height / Weight : 3'5, 55 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A plain white t-shirt, blue denim shorts and pink flip-flop sandals.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Jhessye's name may be spelled "Jahessye." It is pronounced "Jess-ee."
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Jhessye's mother, Jerice Yaton Hunter, reported her Missing location (approx) : their Glendale, Arizona home on October 11, 2011. She stated the child home with her three older siblings, Age at the time of disappearance: d six, nine and thirteen, when she wandered away at approximately 5:00 p.m. and left out the front door of the family's apartment near Glendale and 43rd Avenues.
Hunter said had gone to cash a check and when she came home, the front door open, Jhessye was gone and her siblings didn't know what had happened to her. She searched around the apartment complex and then called the police.
Around that same time Jhessye vanished, a 25- to 35-year-old African-American female was seen putting a young girl into a black four-door 1998 to 2000 Chevrolet Malibu at Glendale and 45th Avenue. The child, who didn't resist, physically resembled Jhessye and authorities said they were looking to identify and interview the woman. She had black hair pulled back into a bun and weighed about 120 pounds. An extensive search of the area turned up no sign of Jahessye; she has never been heard from again.
Hunter had a history of child abuse in Vallejo, California, where she lived prior to moving to Arizona. In October 2005, Hunter was charged with five felonies: four counts of corporal injury to a child and one count of torture. She allegedly whipped her three- and seven-year-old children with an extension cord and a belt. She also punched her fourteen-year-old son during an argument, and he said she frequently beat him with sticks.
At the time the abuse charges were brought against her, Hunter was married to George Edward Shockley, a convicted Gender : offender who would become Jhessye's father. He participated in some of the beatings and faced charges of child abuse as well as failure to register as a Gender : offender. He is still in prison.
All of Hunter's children stated the abuse had been going on for years, and the judge presiding over the case said she "never ever should have had children." Photographs of Jhessye's parents are posted with this case summary; they are now divorced. In 2006, Hunter pleaded no contest to the four counts of corporal injury to a child, and the torture charge was dropped as a result of the plea agreement. She was sentenced to eight years in prison, served four and was paroled in 2010.
Jhessye and her siblings were raised by her mother's relatives while Hunter was incarcerated, and Hunter got them back following her release. Many of her family members have been supportive of her, stating she loved her children and had become a much better parent since her release from prison.
In the aftermath of Jhessye's disappearance, her older siblings were taken into protective custody by Child Protective Services (CPS) and placed in foster care. Hunter was eight months pregnant at the time, and CPS took custody of her baby after it was born later that month. She maintained her innocence in her daughter's disappearance and said she thought Jhessye had been abducted by a stranger, but she refused to cooperate with the investigation or take a lie detector test.
On November 21, six weeks after Jhessye went missing, Hunter was arrested for felony child abuse. Police said Jhessye was the victim and they believed she had been murdered.
The child's thirteen-year-old sister allegedly told investigators that Hunter had kept Jhessye in a closet starting several weeks prior to her reported disappearance, and hadn't fed her. Jhessye's sister would sneak her food and water, and noticed she had cuts and bruises and black eyes. The other children in the family also said they'd seen the bruises.
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