The verdict was read around 2:00 p.m. Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Jurors began deliberating on April 21, but started over because one was dismissed Monday due to a medical issue. An alternate replaced that juror.
Authorities suspect Jerice Hunter beat and kept her daughter Jhessye Shockley in a bedroom closet at the family's suburban Phoenix home depriving her of food and water until she died.
Hunter pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and child abuse.
Prosecutors say Hunter stuffed Jhessye's remains in a suitcase and put it in a trash bin.
Hunter's lawyers say there's no proof that Jhessye is dead.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery issued the following statement today on the State v. Jerice Hunter verdict: "We never forgot Jhessey and may the memory of her suffering and the end of a life that came all too soon motivate continuous changes to our child welfare system to protect the most innocent and defenseless among us."
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