Landfill search of Jahessye Shockley in 18th week

I found this article about the huge ongoing search of an Arizona landfill for the remains of five-year-old Jahessye Shockley (the article spells her name “Jhessye”), believed to have been murdered by her mother last year.

Her mother, Jerice Hunter, sounds like a psycho, to put it mildly. She served four years of an eight-year sentence for abusing her older children over the course of years. Her husband, a convicted sex offender, is still in prison for the same crimes. Jahessye was born while Jerice was in custody, and for the first four years of her life, she was raised by relatives who seem to have taken good care of her and loved her. Certainly she looks healthy, well-fed and happy in all the photos from that phase of her life. (Which is all of the photos, on her Charley page at least. I don’t have any from after she was no longer with her extended family.)

But (I don’t understand why this sort of thing happens) Jerice got the children back after she was released from prison for abusing them, and got Jahessye as well. According to her other children, in September 2011, Jerice pulled Jahessye out of kindergarten, locked her in a closet and deprived her of food. Her oldest sister sneaked her food and water and noticed Jahessye had bruises and looked like a “zombie.” Then there was a terrible smell and Jerice had to spend an entire day cleaning up to get rid of it. Then she reported Jahessye missing.

The case is horribly similar to that of Ariana and Tyler Payne, also in Arizona: kids in the custody of abusive parents in spite of the existence of other loving, responsible adults in the family, locked into a closet and starved to death over a period of weeks or months, then dumped in the trash. I’ve written about the Payne kids a few times before.

It sounds like the authorities are doing their damndest to find Jahessye’s body — I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of a landfill search lasting this long. I hope they succeed. It’ll help nail the mother (probably not much help is needed on that score, if the kids’ testimony is admissible), and this little girl can have the kind of burial she deserves.

Why is it that the people who go around breeding like bunnies are the very people who should NOT be having kids? Okay, I know why: the person who is too irresponsible to use birth control correctly is also too irresponsible to be a parent. But, even though no one ever listens: if you don’t want kids, DON’T HAVE THEM. If you get knocked up anyway, either have an abortion or place the baby for adoption. (Whatever your opinions about abortion — and this is not the place to air them — I think most people would admit it’s much better than what ultimately happened to Jahessye.)

If you have kids, and you’ve got problems, and you feel overwhelmed or whatever, and you’re abusing them or afraid you will start, get help for that. Just, above all, don’t torture your children. Don’t abuse them horribly so they grow up to become bitter, screwed-up adults. And DON’T lock them in a closet and starve them to death. I’m pretty sure I’d make a terrible parent, which is why I am not a parent and have no current plans to be one. It’s that simple, people. Jesus.

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18 thoughts on “Landfill search of Jahessye Shockley in 18th week

  1. Jill June 4, 2012 / 1:30 am

    This case really bothers me, not only because I am from the Phoenix Metro area, but because Arizona parents in general just do not care about other people.

    • Meaghan June 4, 2012 / 1:49 am

      I highly doubt Arizona parents are any worse than parents anywhere else.

    • Kim June 4, 2012 / 2:05 am

      The problem is CPS is jacked up and totally understaffed and broke. The case workers are totally overwhelmed. AZ and Florida seem to have the biggest morons that procreate.

  2. Kim June 4, 2012 / 2:04 am

    Very sad and we are shaking our heads wondering why this woman got her kids back after she went to prison for child abuse. Her mother is almost just as disgraceful she gave the kids back to her and defends her daughter to this day. In fact Grandma says she does not believe the grandkids when they say they saw Jhessey in the closet, “zombie like and it smelled like dead people”. All of Jerice’s 7 kids are probably by different Dad’s too. It is very unlikely they will find the girls body. Apparantly they are able to pinpoint the day and the place where Jerice may have discarded the body. She does not have a car so I am wondering how she got the body from the house. Jerice is not in jail which is just sickening.

    • Meaghan June 4, 2012 / 3:34 am

      The grandmother’s comments are understandable, to a certain extent. No mother wants to believe that her own grandchild was murdered by her own child. But, with Jerice’s record, and the kids’ testimony, I think any reasonable person could decide where the truth lies.

      I suppose it is remotely possible that Jehessye could be alive. Or that someone else killed her. I mean, crazy things happen all the time/ (Especially me, my motto is “Why does this always happen to me?” Seriously). But if this is somehow the case and new evidence surfaces that exculpates Jerice, I’m still not going to think badly of myself for publicly accusing her of murder.

      • kim June 4, 2012 / 3:49 am

        A grandmothers first priority should be protecting her young grandkids from further abuse. I know if it were my parents no way in hell would they give me back my kids. The grandparents have even called her a good Mom. If Jerice was a good mom I wonder what they consider a bad mom. Jerice has 7 kids probably with all different dads, married a sex offender, and was a habitual drug user not to mention convicted of child abuse.Jerice also called the little girl “a hoe”. Well if that ain’t the pot calling the kettle black. If several kids saw the little girl in the closet very very sick then I tend to believe them not to mention it is looking like Jhessye had been missing for over a week before she was actually reported missing.

      • Meaghan June 4, 2012 / 3:50 am

        I don’t understand why some adults call some little girls “hoes.” How is a five-year-old a ho?

    • Meaghan June 4, 2012 / 4:13 am

      That makes…nine children?

  3. warsaw June 4, 2012 / 6:04 am

    I just hope some sort of justice is served because it is unfair. It kind of seems like many children in the us get the short end of the stick.

  4. Princess Shantae June 4, 2012 / 6:13 am

    Hoe is oftentimes just an insult. I mean, like you might call somebody a bastard and it doesn’t matter if his parents were married or not, you just call him a bastard b/c you don’t like him. Anyway calling her a hoe is about the least of the bad things Jerice has done.
    This is why I can’t work up very much outrage over those mandatory sterilizations like what NC did and is now having to compensate for.

    • kim June 5, 2012 / 5:16 pm

      Still Jerice calling her own 5 year old a child a hoe is the pot calling the kettle black. Jerice is a HOE and i can think of a few more choice words for her too.

  5. Saffy June 4, 2012 / 7:46 am

    you’re asking me? I have no idea why these morons breed. In toronto, a young girl was beaten to death in foster care. Her crackhead mother gave her to crackhead friends to take care of while she was cleaning up. The family court judge didn’t even look at their files. A few months later the child died after months of physical abuse.
    IN this case, and the Paynes…why are families like this not watched more closely by CFS? She had been in prison, she had no job, why wasn’t anyone helping, or monitoring? These are families in severe distress. They should not breed in the first place but since they do, at least have someone on earth who cares about these kids!

  6. Princess Shantae June 4, 2012 / 10:28 am

    Did you ever read any of the Dave Robicheaux mysteries by James Lee Burke? Dave is a detective in Louisiana who has seen everything and then some. He often talks about what he calls The Pool.
    According to Dave, The Pool is the lowest of the low, its people that cannot and will not be anything but the lowest of the low no matter what anybody does to try and help them. They are criminals and losers from generation to generation and there is just no way they will ever be anything else.

    • Meaghan June 5, 2012 / 7:02 am

      No, I’ve never heard of those books, but the thing about The Pool sounds very astute.

  7. Kat June 5, 2012 / 6:27 pm

    At 18weeks, I would hope they would find someone, anyone, even unrelated to the case. I’m not quite sure why it has been going on so long, since there have been other cases where landfill searches have been discontinued due to cost. Anyone from AZ know? I could check the papers there but right now, no time. I remember that they found Lori Hacking fairly quickly as well as Jennifer Blagg (though not Abby). And they gave up in MD in the Ford/Crutchley case for various reasons (I lived in that area for a while). I think it is really devoted of the LE involved to be doing all this, and on a side note, I hope they nail “mom” to the wall for this.

    • Meaghan June 5, 2012 / 10:20 pm

      I think it’s because LE is really passionate about justice in this case, being as it’s a little girl and all, and really want to make sure Mom fries.

  8. Princess Shantae June 5, 2012 / 9:52 pm

    I feel sorry for those poor people having to dig around in the garbage in the Arizona heat for so long. I hope they find something just so all that hot dirty work won’t of been wasted.

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