Missing girl's mom arrested on child abuse charges

Updated: 2011-11-22 20:08


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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Police say they've arrested the mother of a 5-year-old Arizona girl who has been missing without a trace for more than a month.

Police in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale said Monday that Jerice Hunter was arrested on child abuse charges "directly related to Jhessye."

Hunter's apartment was surrounded by police tape Monday as investigators in white jumpsuits searched inside. Police declined to say what investigators were doing.

Jhessye (JES'-ee) Shockley has been missing since October 11. Police earlier said they believed she had wandered from her Glendale apartment while Hunter was running an errand.

Police have repeatedly said they had no evidence, suspects or promising leads.

Hunter's four other children, including a newborn, were removed from her home last month.