PHOENIX - For the first time, we are hearing what the Valley mother of missing five-year-old Jhessye Shockley told detectives questioning her.
Glendale police released the audio and video recordings from the high profile murder case Wednesday.
Jerice Hunter stands accused of killing her daughter even though her body was never found.
"I worry about her too, because she doesn't have a problem approaching strangers," said Hunter who is facing murder charges.
Hunter was questioned for several hours the day after she called Glendale police to report her daughter missing.
Hunter told police Jhessye was supposed to be with her sisters.
"I said Jhessye get your shoes and go outside with your sisters. I was rushing out the door," said Hunter.
She said she was on her way to a Western Union to get money her mom sent from California. The taxi cab driver kept calling her to tell her he was waiting.
That's the last time she claims to have seen her daughter.
"I went crazy. I went looking through the house, all over. We all went outside, through the complex," said Hunter.
But despite her search efforts, and a community who spent weeks passing out flyers hoping to find this little girl, there is still no sign of Jhessye.
During the interview, investigators told Hunter they want to eliminate her has a suspect and ask her to take a polygraph test. She agreed, adding she'd do anything to help them in their investigation.
They then asked her what everyone wanted to know.
Police: "Did you do anything to her...to Jhessye?
Police: "How about accidentally?"
Police: "How about something that you didn't even realize was happening, and all of a sudden you had an 'oh crap' moment, and you didn't know what to do."
Hunter: "No sir. No sir. I did not harm my baby."
Months later, with the body of Jhessye Schockley still missing, investigators charged Hunter with murder after investigators found samples of blood on the carpet and on a belt.
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