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Find Missing Jahessye Jash’ua Shockley!

Find Missing Jahessye Jash'ua Shockley!

Find Missing Jahessye Jash’ua Shockley!
She has been missing for over 6 years.
And police do not believe a stranger is responsible.
They believe that her mother is.
Where is Jahessye?

Find Missing Jahessye Jash’ua Shockley!
Details

Find Missing Jahessye Jash’ua Shockley! Jahessye Jash’ua Shockley has been missing since October 11, 2011. She is missing from Glendale, Arizona. Jahessye is classified as an endangered missing person. She is an African-American female. Her year of birth is 2006. At the time of her disappearance, Jahessye was 5 years old. Her current age is 11 years old. Jahessye is described as 3’5″ and 55 pounds at the time of her disappearance. Her hair is black and her eyes are brown. Jahessye’s name may be spelled “Jhessye.” It is pronounced “Jess-ee.” When she was last seen, Jahessye was wearing a plain white t-shirt, blue denim shorts and pink flip-flop sandals.

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Circumstances

Jahessye Jash’ua Shockley’s mother, Jerice Yaton Hunter, reported her missing from their Glendale, Arizona home. She made this report on October 11, 2011. She stated the child home with her three older siblings, aged six, nine and thirteen. She claimed it was when 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 had gone to cash a check and when she came home, the front door open, Jahessye was gone and her siblings didn’t know what had happened to her. She searched around the apartment complex and then called the police.

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Disappearance

Around that same time Jahessye vanished, a 25- to 35-year-old African-American female was spotted. She was seen putting a young girl into a black four-door 1998 to 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The woman did this at Glendale and 45th Avenue. The child, who didn’t resist, physically resembled Jahessye. 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.

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Mother’s Child Abuse History

Hunter had a history of child abuse in Vallejo, California. It was 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 sex offender. George would become Jahessye’s father. He participated in some of the beatings and faced charges of child abuse as well as failure to register as a sex 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.” They are now divorced.

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Mother’s IMprisonment

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. Jahessye 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.

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Child REmoval

In the aftermath of Jahessye’s disappearance, her older siblings were taken into protective custody. Child Protective Services (CPS) did this and then placed the children in foster care. Hunter was eight months pregnant at the time, and CPS took custody of her baby after the child was born later that month. She maintained her innocence in her daughter’s disappearance and said she thought Jahessye had been abducted by a stranger. However, she refused to cooperate with the investigation or take a lie detector test.

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After Jahessye’s Disappearance

On November 21, six weeks after Jahessye went missing, Hunter was arrested for felony child abuse. Police said Jahessye was the victim and they believed she had been murdered. The child’s thirteen-year-old sister allegedly told investigators that Hunter had held Jahessye captive. The sister stated that Hunter kept Jahessye in a closet starting several weeks prior to her reported disappearance. And she hadn’t fed her. Jahessye’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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Before Jahessye’s Disappearance

The last day Jahessye attended kindergarten was September 22. This was three weeks before her disappearance. After that, Hunter kept her home, claiming she had pinkeye and ringworm. Neither of these claims have been supported by a doctor. Jahessye’s siblings said that the closet started to smell “like dead people.” And Hunter burned incense and spent a whole day cleaning the apartment a few days before she reported her daughter missing. Authorities confirmed that Hunter had purchased bleach on October 9. She did so two days before Jahessye’s disappearance was reported.

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Siblings As Witnesses

Jahessye’s siblings’ statements were what lead to Hunter’s arrest. She was released without charge after a week. However; police said they did not want to create a double-jeopardy situation. This was in case homicide charges were filed against Hunter later on. Authorities began searching the Butterfield Station Landfill for Jahessye’s remains in December 2011. They said that they had “substantive” evidence that her body was placed in a trash bin in Tempe, Arizona and taken from there to the landfill. The searches lasted for months, but turned up nothing.

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Mother Faces Consequences

In September 2012, Hunter was charged with murder and child abuse in Jahessye’s case. Although Hunter maintains her innocence, authorities believe Jahessye was not abducted and in fact was killed some days or weeks before her reported disappearance. In March 2013, her extended family filed a $10 million lawsuit against the state of Arizona, the Glendale Police Department and CPS for Jahessye’s wrongful death. They allege the state and CPS was grossly negligent when they returned Jahessye to her mother’s custody, and that CPS and the police ignored their complaints that Hunter had been abusing the child prior to her disappearance. At Hunter’s trial in April 2015, her attorney argued that Jahessye wasn’t dead and Hunter believes she’s still alive. She was convicted of murder and child abuse and sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder plus 20 years for child abuse.

Jahessye’s body has never been found.

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Appeal

The story of Jahessye Jash’ua Shockley’s disappearance is truly heartbreaking. For it could have been prevented. Not all those who bear children are qualified to raise them. The female body is capable of giving birth well before the time many parents attain emotional maturity. That is why stories like this. Loving adoptive homes exist for children like Jahessye whose parents are unable to take care of them. What happens to mothers like Jerice who turn into “monsters”? And there is no mention of any father in the picture. There are people who love this little girl and year for her to have justice. It’s not enough that the person believed responsible is locked up. No, it’s not complete unless Jahessye is physically located.

Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Jahsessye Jash’us Schockley? Do you have any information concerning anyone besides Jahessye’s mother who may be involved in her disapearance? If you have any information, please contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678. You may contact the Glendale Police Department (623) 930-3000. You may stay anonymous and contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377).

There is a Facebook page set up for Jahessye Shockley. Use Facebook? Please “Like” this page.

The above information can be found on Jahessye Jash’ua Shockley’s Charley Project Page. I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International.

The above image of courtesy of the Polly Klaas Foundation.

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