GLENDALE, AZ - There are new developments in the search for a missing 5-year-old girl who vanished in Glendale last month.
The grandmother of Jhessye Shockley claims a family member or a sexual predator might be responsible for the girl's disappearance and she'spleading with the Glendale Police Department to keep looking for Jhessye.
"Lord bring my baby home," prayedShirley Johnson,Jhessye's grandmother.
Burning candles and stuffed animals line amakeshift memorial at the corner of45th and Glendale avenues, where Jhessye disappeared.
"No questions asked drop her anywhere," begged Johnson. "Drop her at the store, at the hospital, at the police station. Just drop her off."
Jhessye's grandmother said she is frustrated with Glendalepolice detectives.
Johnson feels they're primarily focusing on Jhessye's mother, Jerice Hunter,and not on finding the 5-year-old.
"All these offenders in this neighborhood and all these people right next door, it's almost like a kid in a candy store," said Johnson.
Johnson told ABC15 that Jhessye might be with a cousin.
"I was comfortable she was taking good care of her," Johnson claimed.
That cousin, according to family members,raised Jhesseye for four and a half years while her mother was in prison on charges of child abuse.
"She had parenting classes," Johnson said."She had all the classes that she needed to take to rehabilitate herself. Four and half years of that."
After being releasedin 2005, Hunter was reunited with all of her children including Jhessye. Now she has none of them.
"Well, everything you have was taken from you and you've been vilified over and over and over," Johnson explained when asked how her daughter was holding up.
Now, the family is planning another march in front of the Arizona State Capitol on Friday, November 18that noon.
The themeis "Don't Stop Looking For Me."
Anyone with information about Shockley's disappearance should call the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000. A $16,000 reward is being offered for tips leading to her whereabouts.
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