GLENDALE, AZ - Glendale police said they are confident that their evidence will lead to the conviction of Jerice Hunter in the murder of her daughter , Jhessye Shockley.
Hunter was arrested Thursday on charges of first degree murder and child abuse. Jhessye Shockley was 5 years old when she was reported missing in October 2011.
Authorities arrested Hunter at her home in Mesa Thursday afternoon. Police said she did not resist arrest.
She made her first court appearance later Thursday. Hunter remained quiet and allowed her lawyer to do most of the talking.
This is the second time Hunter has been arrested in connection with this case . Charges were dropped the first time. Police said they needed more time to build a case against her.
Tracey Breeden, spokeswoman with the Glendale Police Department, said they have forensic evidence in the case.
Breeden said additional information was provided after the first arrest that gave them a stronger case.
Breeden also said she could not go into further detail because she didn't want to jeopardize the case.
According to court documents, police believe Hunter killed Jhessye or caused serious physical injury between September 23, 2011 and October 4, 2011.
Here's a look at the timeline of events:
In response to this latest arrest Hunter's attorney, Scott Maasen, said all the facts are not out there yet.
"There hasn't been any information presented and that indictment has very general language. Nothing really specific about the facts here. Again, I think we are going to see that," Maasen said.
Maasen said he spoke with Hunter after the arrest. She's doing as well as she can given the situation, he said.
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