Grandmother of missing Glendale girl speaks with ABC15

GLENDALE, AZ - The grandmother of a 5-year-old Glendale girl who has been missing since Tuesday is revealing new details about the family.

Police issued an AMBER Alert on Wednesday. That alert was canceled Friday and there has been no sign of the girl.

Shirley Johnson, Jhessye Shockley's grandmother, spoke with ABC15 Monday and said she feels like she is being kept in the dark about the investigation.

"You know as much as I do and you are not even a relative," she said.

Johnson said that her daughter Jerice Hunter, who is Jhessye's mother, is pregnant and on bed rest.

Johnson said police have removed three other children from the family's home near 45th Avenue and Glendale and placed them in foster care.

"I don't know where they are," she said. She said she feared that the separation is just another distraction to finding the girl.

Shortly after the AMBER Alert was issued, ABC15 learned some disturbing information about Jerice Hunter's past. She had been charged with acts of abuse against her older children while living in California. She also served time in jail for injuring a child.

Police would not say anything about the other children in the home except to say that they are safe.

Johnson said her daughter was in the process of reuniting with her older kids. She said that she helped pay for the kids' needs and they chose to live here because they had other relatives around for support.

Johnson said she is convinced that someone took Jhessye and is holding out hope that she will see her again. She said she is putting up her own money as a reward for information.

Johnson and others are holding vigils at the intersection of 45th Avenue and Glendale and are passing out flyers.

Glendale police did not have new information to release on the case, but are asking the public to stay vigilant and come forward with information that might help them.

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