Grandmother explains why CPS took children from home of missing Glendale girl

GLENDALE, AZ - As a search for a missing 5-year-old Glendale girl continues, her grandmother is revealing why she thinks CPS took Jhessye Shockley's siblings out of the home.

Jhessye's mother, Jerice Hunter, is due to have another baby very soon.

ABC15 was told Hunter stayed home Wednesday night, while Jhessye's grandmother, Shirley Johnson, and others try to keep the girl's memory alive.

Night after night, she's been out on the corner of 45th and Glendale avenues.

"The purple shirts [are] for Jhessye's favorite color," said Johnson.

Johnson admits finding her missing 5-year-old granddaughter isn't even her biggest concern.

"My main concern is my three grandkids in foster care and trying to get them back," Johnson said.

Earlier this week, CPS took Jhessye's three siblings out of the home.

"They said one kid is not eating, the other kids are just distraught," Johnson said.

"CPS took the kids and said they were in danger," Johnson explained.

Johnson said CPS won't give her any specific details. But, ABC15 uncovered court documents that show Jhessye's mother has a criminal history that includes child abuse.

Police won't comment on the subject of Jhessye's siblings, which could be a reason Johnson said she decided to call a special meeting with the Glendale Chief of Police, City Manager, and Mayor Elaine Scruggs.

"She has resources that I can't even tap into," Johnson said.

Johnson told ABC15 the police have botched the investigation from the beginning and she blames one thing.

"It's her race and it isn't their child and she doesn't have blue eyes and blonde hair," Johnson said.

Glendale Police Officer Tracey Breeden said that's absolutely not true.

"We reassured her the number one priority of the Glendale Police Department is the disappearance of Jhessye," Breeden said.

Police said they no longer think the little girl wandered out of her home.

On Wednesday, they upped the reward to $11,000 dollars.  That's on top of the $5,000 dollar reward offered by Jhessye's grandmother.

If you have any information that can help police in this investigation, call Silent Witness.

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