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Updated Sep 17, 2012 - 12:15 pm

Shockley mother pleads not guilty

PHOENIX -- The mother of a long-missing girl has entered a not guilty plea to first-degree murder and child abuse charges.

Jerice Hunter, 38, was arrested Sept. 6, indicted by a Maricopa County grand jury, even though the body of her daughter, Jhessye Shockley, 5, hasn't been found.

The little girl was reported missing last October. Authorities searched a Phoenix landfill for 96 days for the child's body but did not find it.

Bail had been set at $500,000.


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