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According to Glendale Police, an Amber Alert was issued Tuesday evening when the 5-year-old girl went missing from her family's home in an apartment complex near Glendale Road and 45th Avenue.
It was around 5 p.m. when Jahessye's mother returned from running a quick errand and discovered the girl missing, said Officer Tracey Breeden, a Glendale Police Department spokesperson.
It was around 5 p.m. when Jahessye's mother returned from running a quick errand and discovered the girl missing, said Officer Tracey Breeden, a Glendale Police Department spokesperson. Jahessye had been at home with her three siblings, ages 6, 9 and 12.
Breeden said the mother said that when she got home, the front door was open, but Jahessye wasn't inside and the siblings did not know where she was. The mother searched around the apartment complex and called 911.
Police have also searched the area around Jahessye's school, although she did not attend school that day.
Jahessye is African-American, approximately 3 feet 5 inches tall, 55 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, and had her hair in long ponytail.
Jerice Hunter, the mother of a Glendale 5-year-old girl missing since last week, said Sunday in an interview with 12 News that she is a suspect in her daughter's disappearance.
Hunter's conviction in a child abuse case "is part of what we are looking at," Glendale police Sgt. Brent Coombs said. "They (investigators) are aware of her criminal history."
In 2006, while living in California, Hunter, then 32, pleaded no contest to four counts of corporal injury to a child. She had four children at the time, a teenage boy and three young girls. Jahessye was not yet born.
Court papers say that between April and October 2005, Hunter and her husband, convicted sex offender George Shockley, did "willfully and wrongfully inflict cruel and inhuman corporal punishment and injury, resulting in a traumatic condition" upon all four children.
Hunter was sentenced to eight years in prison. It is unclear why and when she was released.