Friday, October 14, 2011


Arizona ABC15 News. should be ashamed of themselves. Usually, I am not one to watch the local news because of how depressing it can be to watch the limitless of suffering taking place in the local community. And the television news media seems to do an excellent job to find the most tragic incidents happening in the moment to report on. Jahessye Shockley, a 5 year old black girl, went missing in Glendale, AZ on Tuesday evening, October 11, 2011. And today ABC15 News took it upon themselves to report that the Phoenix Police Department will their 100 pull back law enforcement personnel and volunteers who were searching for Jahessye Shockley. This is not what infuriates me. It was the “news” ABC15 News proceeded to say afterwards.

“Jenice Hunter, mother of 5 year old missing girl, has a criminal history in California that states that she served prison time in October 2005, for child abuse. And Hunter’s husband, who is a registered sex offender, also participated in the abuse of the children.”

I understand that this may be relevant to the case of missing Jahessye Shockley. But, what I do not understand is why ABC15 News found it necessary to share with the public in this moment. Because, as hard it is to fathom, if I were to try to connect all the dots I would understand why the police are scaling back their search. I believe what is most important is to find what has happened to 5 year old and find Jahessye, not what her mother did or did not do 6 years ago.

If you have any information, you're encouraged to contact the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-HELP (4357).

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