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Jennifer Campbell says she's innocent

August 31, 2009 11:51:00 PM PDT
Hasanni Campbell was reported missing by his foster father three weeks ago. Police are now calling it a homicide investigation. His foster mother was released from jail on Monday and will not face charges in Hasanni's disappearance, but foster dad Louis Ross remains in custody.

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Jennifer Campbell spoke to ABC7 on her way out of jail. She said she didn't do anything wrong and wants the focus of the police investigation to be on Hasanni's whereabouts.

Campbell walked out of the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin a free woman and into the arms of family members who came to get her.

"I'm glad to be out," said Campbell.

She was arrested Friday on suspicion of being an accessory in the murder of her nephew, 5-year-old Hasanni Campbell, but she was released after Alameda County prosecutors said they didn't have enough evidence to charge her with a crime.

"I don't want to comment on the police. All I know is I'm putting my faith in God to lead me in the right direction and steer me in the right way, and I can't say anything else about it," said Campbell.

Her fiance, Louis Ross, remains in jail on suspicion of murder. The district attorney has until Tuesday to charge him.

Oakland attorney John Burris has been offering legal advice to the couple. He says authorities tried to get Campbell to implicate Ross in Hasanni's disappearance.

"Either to get her to implicate him, in order to have him, not so much implicate her, but feel the pressure of having her be in custody," said Burris.

Oakland police are now calling the case a homicide, even though the boy's body has not been found.

Police have been speaking regularly about the case. However, after prosecutors said investigators failed to present enough evidence to charge Campbell, police would only release a brief statement, saying: "This is a very complex investigation and if the Oakland Police Department talks about the details surrounding the case it may jeopardize the integrity of the investigation."

Ross told police he was the last person to see the little boy when he left him alone briefly in his car parked behind an Oakland shoe store where Campbell works.

Ross remains in custody at the Santa Rita Jail. If prosecutors decide there's enough evidence to charge him with the death of Hassani, he'll be in court Tuesday in Oakland. Campbell said she was leaving the jail to head to that Oakland Rockeridge neighborhood shoe store where she works to attend a vigil for Hasanni.

Before the vigil Campbell said, "They accused me over and over again of doing something I didn't do or knowing something and I told them I didn't and they had to let me go. They didn't have evidence to hold me."

Campbell admitted police tried to get her to turn on Ross.

Before police said the couple had been cooperating.

"Why do I want to talk to them now? What do I want to say to them now? 'Have you found Hasanni?' No. 'Are you looking for Hasanni?' I don't know," said Campbell.

Ross is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.

When Campbell was asked what she thinks police may do to Ross on Tuesday, she said "I don't know. He didn't do anything. They have to let him go."

Oakland Police say they are anticipating a press conference some time on Tuesday, but it is unclear if they'll make it before or after the scheduled arraignment of Ross. They could either drop all of the charges against Ross for lack of evidence or drop a bombshell and explain why they're charging him with the murder of Hasanni.

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