November 28th, 2011
04:24 PM ET

Mother of missing Arizona girl released from custody

The mother of a missing 5-year-old Arizona girl has been let out of jail, police said Monday, a week after her arrest for alleged child abuse.

The Glendale, Arizona, police department said in a statement that it "has been notified the charge of child abuse (against) Jerice Hunter will not be filed, at this time, by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office," prompting the woman's release.

"This decision will allow the Glendale Police Department to follow up on new leads developed since the (November 21) arrest of Jerice Hunter, ... as well as complete forensic analysis of evidence," police said.

No other details were offered as to what spurred the decision.

But police did say, "The focus and direction of the investigation into the disappearance of Jhessye Shockley has not changed."

Last week, Glendale Police Sgt. Brent Coombs described Hunter as the "lone focus" in the investigation. He did not rule out that others might be involved.

Her young daughter allegedly wandered out of the family's Glendale home on October 11, unnoticed by her 13-, 9- and 6-year-old siblings who were supposed to be watching her, according to Hunter's account. The mother contacted police, saying that she did so after she couldn't find her daughter when she returned home from an errand.

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  1. drap

    No one is going to hell..if there is justice,Zsa Zsa's leg will give Nancy Disrace the boot on DWTS Aruba... .

    November 28, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    @drap: heh heh heh!

    November 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    Who is this "Nancy Grace" of which you speak?

    November 29, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. BIMBO

    @"BOMBO" let the bimbos bring it down a knotch.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    Oops, I misplaced one. I always wondered why they do not get the other children in a room with one of the professionals and ask them questions. They are witnesses to what happened.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. ЯUFFNUTT ( LEADER OF GKOP )

    so was she hot on not?

    November 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DISCRASE TO INTELLIGENCE

    WE ALL CAN DO WITHOUT PERSONAL OPINION THERES A 5 YEAR OLD MISSING NONE OF YOU HAVE HALF A BRAIN

    November 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
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