Police conducted a search in a rural area of northwest Richland County.
Federal, local and state officers spent six hours searching a wooded area of northwest Richland County for toddler Amir Jennings who has been missing since Thanksgiving, according to multiple news reports. The officers were searching an area near a church off of Brick Iron Road near Monticello Road based on a tip, but by 3 p.m. they had called off the search, according to a report in The State newspaper. Amir Jennings has been missing since November. His mother, Zinah Jennings, has been in jail on child cruelty charges since Christmas Eve. Court records show that Zinah Jennings is now pregnant and has been declared "mentally ill," according to a report from WIS. Officers say the investigation into Amir Jennings' whereabouts will continue.
Zinah Jennings' attorney says Jennings is pregnant and should be released from jail.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Toddler has been missing since Thanksgiving.
The mother of a toddler who has been missing since Thanksgiving is facing child cruelty charges after Columbia police say she gave misleading information on the whereabouts of her son. Zinah Demaris Jennings, is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on a $150,000 surety bond. Police are searching for 18-month-old Amir Jennings, who family members last saw with his mother during the Thanksgiving holiday. Family members originally filed a missing persons report for Zinah Jennings and Amir Jennings when they couldn't locate or get in touch with the two, Columbia police said. On Christmas Eve, Zinah Jennings was involved in a car accident on Millwood Avenue and Lady Street. The responding officer noticed that Jennings was …