Desperate search: Jhessye Shockley's family speaks out on Dr. Drew
A little girl vanishes from her home in suburban Phoenix while her mom reportedly steps away to run an errand.
Nearly two weeks have gone by and no one has seen 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley.
Some people have been pointing fingers at Jhessye’s mom, Jeurice Hunter, who has spent time in jail after pleading no contest in California to abusing her other children, according to the New York Times. Jeurice has not been named a suspect in anything related to Jhessye's case.
On Thursday night, Jhessye’s grandmother Shirley Johnson, and aunt Josie Hunter, spoke out on Dr. Drew’s HLN show.
Josie was asked if she thought Jeurice was involved in some way or may have even abused Jhessye.
“If the police find evidence of whoever did it, including Jeurice ... [they] should be held accountable,” Josie said. “I cannot say I know for sure that Jeurice did this or anything like that. I want them to look at everyone. I don't know what happened. I was not here. That's why we're looking to detectives and investigators to find this out …and if they feel that she has done something, then get the evidence and bring it out front and do what you have to do ... She [Jeurice] has a past, and I don't agree with it.”
Jhessye’s cousin recently made this comment to local TV station KNXV.
“At our get-togethers, Jhessye was not herself,”’ Lisa Vance said. “I’ve seen marks on Jhessye that led me to believe she was being abused in Jeurice’s home. “
Shirley Johnson was skeptical of the remarks.
“Well, if she's being the loving cousin that she says she is ... why didn't she call somebody for help for Jahessye?” Johnson asked. “If she loved Jahessye so much, why did she let Jahessye stay in that situation and not make me aware [or] the authorities aware at all? So I take that with a grain of salt.”
Johnson went on to voice her other concerns.
“The Glendale Police Department needs to have a magnifying glass over how they handled this whole case,” she said. “We need to look at how the nation looks at little African-American children coming up missing ... who gets the most attention?“
It has also been noted that Jahessye's father George Shockley is a convicted sex offender currently serving time in a California prison, according to KPHO.
A $16,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the return of Jhessye.
She is about 3 feet 5 inches tall and around 55 pounds.
Anyone with information is urged to call 623-930-HELP.