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Jerice Hunter vs. Glendale Police

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GLENDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

Listening to what Glendale police said about Jerice Hunter, the mother of missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley, CBS 5 News can't help but think back to the exclusive interview Donna Rossi did with Jerice two weeks ago.

It seems the police version and the Jerice's version just don't jive.

"I'd like to make a plea for my daughter," Hunter said.

"Yes, investigators feel that she played a key role," said Glendale Police Sgt. Brent Coombs.

Investigators held a news conference Monday, announcing they had arrested Hunter for child abuse.

Why would someone police say played a key role in Jhessye Shockley's disappearance make a plea for her safety two weeks ago?

Good question.

"She has been placed under arrest for child abuse directly related to her daughter Jhessye and yes, she is our number one focus," Coombs said.

A child abuse charge for the woman who told CBS 5 news an arrest for whipping her children with a belt and extension cord in California was the only time she's hurt them.

"That was the first and only time I have ever spanked my kids," Hunter said.

That was before Jhessye was even born.

"I know in my heart that Jhessye is still with us here on earth," Hunter said.

"With the information that has come to our investigators in the past few days, we do not believe it will be likely that we will find Jhessye alive," Coombs said.

That is the saddest contradiction of them all.

What about a lie detector test?

"Let me take that polygraph test," Hunter told CBS 5 News.

She said she's more than happy to cooperate.

Investigators said otherwise.

"I can tell you that to date, the polygraph has been offered to Jerice on more than one occasion. However Jerice has not been cooperative with respect to the polygraph," Coombs said.

In another chilling part to that interview, Hunter told CBS 5 her baby did not "disappear into thin air."

Disturbing ... now that police think Hunter might have been involved in that disappearance.

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