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Shockley case: 1,400 page report released

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October 11 will mark one year since 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley was reported missing and now we're checking out new documents about the case.

One of the thing you realize as you comb through all of those pages is the incredible resources and effort Glendale PD put into finding 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley. 1,400 pages were released.

Page one involves the first call to Glendale police that Jhessye was missing by her mother, Jerice Hunter.

Hunter told a Glendale officer that upon returning to the family's apartment from running errands at about 5 p.m. that evening, she discovered Jhessye was gone and her older sisters didn't know where she was.

The police launched a search around the apartment near 45th Avenue and Glendale.  What would follow was a month long search for Jhessye punctuated by accusations by the family that police botched the investigation.

Suspicions started to grow that perhaps the girl's own mother may have had something to do with her daughter's disappearance.

On November 20, 2011, police arrested Hunter in the disappearance of her daughter and the charge was child abuse.

Police say after interviewing Jhessye's older sisters, a horrifying story had emerged.  A story of a mother enraged after Jhessye was found watching television with a little boy.

The sisters said Hunter beat Jhessye and put her in a closet with no food or water. They described a smell of death inside the closet -- this happened weeks before that October 11 call to the police reporting Jhessye missing. The sisters told police they had been lying because their mother told them to.

Despite this, Hunter was released from jail after eight days.  Prosecutors cited a lack of evidence.

Police announced then they don't expect to find the girl alive.

In February, the department launched a daunting search for the girl's body in the Butterfield Landfill in Mobile, Arizona. After four months, they called the search off after finding nothing. 

Then last month, on September 6, police re-arrested Hunter on child abuse and murder charges.

That is where we stand now -- Hunter is in jail for her daughter's murder.

Bail was set at $500,000.  The big question is about evidence.  Can they convict Hunter without a body?  Glendale police believe they can.

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