GLENDALE, AZ - ABC15 is getting an inside look at the emotional struggle a Valley mother is facing as the search continues for her 5-year-old daughter.
For the first time since her daughter was reported missing, Jerice Hunter is speaking out about the latest developments in the case and what life has been like amid the massive search effort still underway across the Valley.
In a tearful interview with ABC15's Kimberly Cheng, Hunter pleaded to have 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley brought back safely.
"Please bring my baby back, drop her off at a public place, no questions asked. Please," Hunter said, crying.
See the interview in the attached video clip
Hunter said she hopes by speaking out the public will regard Jhessye as more than just a face on a flier.
"She's somebody's child -- mine. Please bring my child home," she said.
Jhessye was reported missing Tuesday afternoon from an apartment near Glendale and 43rd avenues. An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday morning and remains in effect as more than 100 officers continue canvassing around the Valley.
Family members told police Jhessye may have wandered away from the family's West Valley home while under the care of an older sibling.
Hunter would not say whether or not she believes the 5-year-old's disappearance is a kidnapping.
"I've been told so many stories, I don't know what to go on except for what police are telling me," a distraught Hunter said.
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