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Police: Missing 5-yr.-old Arizona girl was likely kidnapped

FILE - 5-year-old Jahessye Shockley is seen in this undated handout photo provided by the Glendale Police Department. Police scaled down the number of officers and volunteers searching for Shockley who has been missing for three days from about 100 to a couple dozen on Friday. AP Photo/Glendale Police Department, File

Jahessye Shockley
AP Photo/Glendale Police Department, File

(CBS/AP) PHOENIX - Police looking for a missing 5-year-old Arizona girl, last seen six days ago, said Monday they now believe she was most likely kidnapped.

Jhessye Shockley was last seen on Oct. 11 at her Glendale home by her three older siblings while their mother was running an errand. Police believe she left their apartment through the front door but don't know anything about what happened next.

Glendale police Sgt. Brent Coombs said if the girl just walked away, police would have found her by now.

 "Sombody knows something," Coombs told The Associated Press.

Police say they have no suspects, evidence or promising leads into the girl's disappearance. Coombs said the girl's mother is not a suspect despite comments she made to reporters.

"They're treating me like that - the interrogations and the way I've been spoken to," Jerice Hunter, Jhessye's mother, said Monday in an interview with The Associated Press. "(They're) very disrespectful."

Coombs said police have treated Hunter no differently than any other mother of a missing child.

Jhessye's grandmother told The Arizona Republic on Sunday that Child Protective Services removed Hunter's three other children from her home and put them in foster care. CPS spokesman Steve Meissner said Monday he couldn't immediately confirm or deny the agency's involvement.

Hunter declined to speak about her other children but pleaded for Jahessye's safe return.

"I would really appreciate anybody who has any information, anyone who thinks they have seen anything, to contact the police," she said. "If you have my child, please take her to a safe place, a public place where she can be located."

She added: "The family will not be the same until the child is returned, and I will be relentless in my search."

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