Mom Zinah Jennings Wont Say Where Missing 18mo Amir Is

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sintax

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Last seen on Thanksgiving and Christmas eve it comes to light the child is missing.

Weirder yet, we are just now hearing about it. How did Casey Anthonys case lite on fire so fast?
You pose interesting question, [MENTION=1178]malq[/MENTION]. How did Casey's case catch on so fast? I don't know, but my guess is cute white girl vs. troubled black girl. Other than that, I find the cases disturbingly similar. They are both lying bitches that killed their kids, didn't bother to mention that fact to anyone, then lied, lied, lied.
 

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You pose interesting question, [MENTION=1178]malq[/MENTION]. How did Casey's case catch on so fast? I don't know, but my guess is cute white girl vs. troubled black girl. Other than that, I find the cases disturbingly similar. They are both lying bitches that killed their kids, didn't bother to mention that fact to anyone, then lied, lied, lied.
Race probably is a big factor, but for me ,if I remember right, it was the fascination of a bitch being so cold and fake with the pretending to be a carefree partygirl. Photos and all!
 

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Zinah Jennings' attorney blames mental illness for lack of progress

It's been 113 days since Amir Jennings was last seen by family members.

WHERE IS AMIR JENNINGS?
18-month-old Amir Jennings has been missing since November 24th. His mother, Zinah Jennings, is in jail and refuses to tell police where the little boy is.

Since her arrest in December, the 18-month-old's mother, Zinah Jennings, has been either unable or unwilling to help police locate her son.

Jennings remains in jail on child abuse charges, but she is not charged in connection with the disappearance of Amir.

Jennings' attorney Hemphill Pride says his client is hamstrung by a combination of mental illness and medication.

"She's not very happy taking it and it sort of zonks her out," said Pride. "It makes it difficult in that she is sort of, I would say that she's depressed and she's down and she's sort of a lackluster kind of attitude."

Pride says Zinah Jennings has been taking Risperidone, also known as Risperdal.

The National Library of Medicine says that medication is used for treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability from autistic disorder.

Pride says the Risperdal and her illness have prevented Zinah Jennings from having the mental clarity that might help police find Amir.

"She doesn't remember much about where he is," said Pride. "She has, as you know, given various stories to the police department who are charged with the responsibility to try to find Amir. And it is my understanding from the discovery information that I read that she has given various stories about where he is."

When asked if Jennings believes that Amir is out there somewhere, Pride responded:

"Well she gives the impression that he is out there. And that she loves him and that she looks forward to seeing him again and being with him."

Pride says he's planning to ask a Richland County Probate judge to reconsider her order for Zinah Jennings to be given the anti-psychotic medication.

Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott has not been available to respond to Pride's remarks.

On Sunday, March 18th, the organizers of the "Find Amir Jennings" Facebook Page are hosting a vigil at Martin Luther King Park in Columbia. The vigil is at 6 p.m.
http://www.wbtv.com/story/17170160/jennings-attorney-blames-medication
 

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From Feb. I can't find the follow up, but I saw comments from others DNA testing came back "inconclusive". I'd like to know for sure

Results from DNA testing on samples collected from the car of Zinah Jennings are in, but Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott says he will not comment until the first of the week when he expects to be briefed by State Law Enforcement Division agents.
“I have not seen the report,â€￾ Scott said Saturday. “SLED is finished with one portion of the preliminary results, and I will be briefed on those findings on Monday.â€￾
Jennings, 22, is the mother of Amir Jennings, last seen Nov. 29, when he was 18-months-old.

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Samples were taken from Jennings’ car in December after investigators found “stains consistent with bloodstainsâ€￾ on clothing and blankets. Investigators also searched a two-story house in the Waverly neighborhood where Jennings lived with her mother and Amir. They also took a swab of fluid or tissue from Zinah Jennings for DNA identification purposes.
Scott said multiple submissions were made and sent for testing in SLED’s crime lab, and only a portion of those results have come back.
In addition, he said he would not know until Monday whether the report included DNA testing from a shovel found at the home.
Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2012/02/04/2140700/police-chief-says-hell-comment.html#storylink=cpy
 

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Missing boy's mom wants case nixed

The lawyer for the mother of a South Carolina toddler missing since late last year is asking a judge to throw out a charge against her and release her from jail.

Hemphill Pride told a judge at a hearing Thursday that prosecutors don't have enough evidence to prove a unlawful conduct toward a child charge against Zinah Jennings and are only holding her because she won't tell them where her son Amir is.

Judge G. Thomas Cooper gave prosecutors until Monday to make their argument to keep the charge against Jennings.

Amir Jennings has been missing since December. He would be almost 2 years old now. His mother was jailed after authorities say she told them several inconsistent and false stories about who is caring for him.

http://www.wistv.com/story/18728387/apnewsbreak-missing-sc-boys-mom-wants-case-nixed
 

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If she wants the case nixed and she claims to be full on innocent then why the hell not just produce the whereabouts of the baby? oh thats right cause he's prolly buried in some backwoods somewhere, bet ya they will find him when his poor body is too decomposed to tell how the child died
 

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A judge should throw out an indictment against the mother of a missing South Carolina toddler because prosecutors don't have enough evidence to prove their case and are only holding Zinah Jennings because she won't tell them where her son is, the woman's attorney said Thursday.

"You can't weigh the rights of a defendant against the rights of a missing child," Jennings' attorney, Hemphill Pride II, said in court. "The entire holding of Zinah Jennings in this case is a mere pretext."

Judge G. Thomas Cooper set a July trial date for Jennings, whose son, Amir, was 18 months old when he was last seen around Thanksgiving. Zinah Jennings' mother reported her missing several weeks later, telling police she thought her daughter and grandson were in Atlanta but that she was receiving evasive answers when she asked about Amir.

Speaking to police after a Christmas Eve car wreck, Jennings first said she had no children and then said her son was with relatives and friends in cities from Atlanta to Charlotte, N.C. Investigators say they chased down Jennings' stories in several states but arrested her after several dead ends.

Prosecutors said Amir's blood was found on blankets in Jennings' car. Agents have used cadaver dogs to search a wide rural area but found no sign of the boy.

Clad in a black and white jail outfit and visibly pregnant, Jennings, 23, was shackled at the ankles during Thursday's hearing. Cooper allowed her handcuffs to be removed while she was in the courtroom.

She was indicted last month on a charge of unlawful conduct toward a child. On Thursday, Pride said prosecutors hadn't included enough information in their indictment, like specific allegations about how Jennings had allegedly harmed her child, and asked that it be thrown out.

Pride also detailed the interrogation tactics used by police trying to elicit information from the young mother about her son's whereabouts. According to the attorney, police used Jennings' half-sister, a minister and even the love of a dog to try to get her to say where Amir was.

"'Zinah, baby, I want to pray with you,'" Pride said, paraphrasing the minister's interaction with his client. "And then at the end of the prayer says, `Where's the baby?'"


During all of those initial conversations, and in ones since, Jennings has consistently refused to discuss Amir's whereabouts, saying only that he is safe, Pride said.

"The case should be dismissed," Pride said. "You don't hold people in order to make someone tell you where a child is."

Cooper gave prosecutors until Monday to respond in writing to Pride's arguments. On Thursday, prosecutor Dolly Justice Garfield said that she felt confident in the case against Jennings.

"We are charging her with abandoning the child," Garfield said. "It would be a travesty to abandon the indictment when South Carolina law provides exactly what is reflected."

Cooper also ordered that Jennings be evaluated to see if she is competent to stand trial. She has already received one evaluation, which found that she has schizophrenia. Jennings was prescribed Risperdal, but Pride has said he fears that the drug is harmful to his client's unborn baby, due to be born in August.

Since last week, Jennings has been held in solitary confinement after a confrontation with a jailhouse nurse.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/...wants-case-dismissed_n_1580361.html?ref=crime
 

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The mother of a Columbia boy who has been missing since last year is now facing an assault charge.

Jail records show that Zinah Jennings has been charged with third-degree assault and battery.

Jennings' attorney has said the charged stems from an allegation that his client pushed and shoved a jailhouse nurse over medication earlier this year. Jennings has been ordered by a judge to take an antipsychotic drug.

Jennings has been in jail since late last year on a charge of cruelty to children. Authorities say she has refused to tell them the whereabouts of her son, 2-year-old Amir Jennings.

The young mother is pregnant with a second child. Her trial on the cruelty charge is set to begin later this month.
http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20120810/APN/1208100623
 
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This is the first time I am even hearing about this case. But damn what a fucked up mess this is. Fucking unbelievable that she is pregnant....just what she needs....another child.

And regarding her refusing to tell the whereabouts of her son....if I pulled that shit my parents would beat the information out of me.
 

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Defense Set To Begin in Case of Missing Amir Jennings

The prosecution is wrapping up its case against the mother of the missing South Carolina toddler.

Prosecutors expect on Wednesday to rest their case against Zinah Jennings on a charge of unlawful conduct toward a child.

Amir Jennings was 18 months old when he was last seen around Thanksgiving, and his mother has refused to tell police where he is but said she left him somewhere safe.

Defense attorneys will begin their case after the prosecution finishes.

Jennings gave birth to a baby girl last week, and a judge ruled that she is well enough to stay on trial this week. A high school friend testified last week Jennings told her she was stressed and pondered selling or giving away the boy.

http://www.wltx.com/news/article/200493/2/Defense-Set-To-Begin-in-Case-of-Missing-Amir-Jennings
 

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Mom pressed Jennings to help investigators
Amir Jennings’ grandmother said in court Wednesday she worried about her grandson’s whereabouts but didn’t think her daughter would hurt him.

Jocelyn Jennings, at times crying and wiping tears from her face, testified in a Richland County courtroom that her daughter had once been a child with a bright future. Good academically and athletically, she was a Girl Scout and well-rounded student at Columbia’s Dreher High School, where she was on the color guard squad and girl’s basketball team.

But, the mother testified, her daughter dropped out of Winthrop University and had a baby. Relations between the two became strained in the months before the 18-month-old disappeared in November, Jocelyn Jennings testified.

Still, she replied, “No, sir,â€￾ when asked by her daughter’s attorney, Hemphill Pride II, if Zinah Jennings would have killed Amir.
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Besides Jocelyn Jennings, other defense witnesses told the jury that Zinah Jennings had treated Amir well, had gone to church regularly with her son and been a good babysitter for other children.

Earlier Wednesday, prosecutors put up the last of their 40 witnesses – FBI agent Craig Januchowski. He introduced tape recordings of telephone calls between Jocelyn and Zinah Jennings made in February, when Zinah was an inmate at the county jail.

Jail inmates are warned all calls are recorded. In the calls played in court, Zinah Jennings is heard talking to her mother about life after jail.

“The first thing I’m going to do when I get out, and that’s to go back to school and get my school stuff how I want it. I need to go back to school,â€￾ says Zinah Jennings.

“School is important,â€￾ Jocelyn Jennings says. “But ... I can’t stop thinking about my grandson ... who I have come to know and to love. And he is your seed. ... I don’t understand.â€￾

Zinah Jennings replies: “So if I get out, where are they going to put me?â€￾

In another February call, Jocelyn Jennings begs her daughter to tell police Amir is safe.

“I already told them that,â€￾ Zinah Jennings says.


“For you to say that is one thing, (but) that don’t mean nothing. They think Amir is dead. ... I don’t want to believe you would take your son’s life. ... But until you let his whereabouts be known, they’re not going to let you out. ... They’re building a case against you, a murder case. ...You’re battling against the Columbia Police Department, the FBI, SLED – SLED, this ain’t no joke.â€￾

People are putting yellow ribbons on telephone poles in hopes of Amir’s safe return, Jocelyn Jennings tells her daughter.

And, Zinah Jennings says: “Yeah, now everybody knows I had a baby.â€￾
http://www.thestate.com/2012/09/06/2426866/fbi-agent-listened-to-39-calls.html#.UEi5D5bF-7s

A high school friend testified last week Jennings told her she was stressed and considered selling or giving away her son.

Jennings gave birth to a second child last week.
http://www.wistv.com/story/19466251/grandma-never-feared-amir-would-be-hurt
 

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Really?!!!???? You disappear your child and only get ten years?!!!??? Un-fucking-believable!


Zinah Jennings Found Guilty, Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

A judge has sentenced Zinah Jennings to 10 years in prison in connection with the disappearance of her son, Amir Jennings.

His decision came about 30 minutes after a jury returned a guilty verdict against the woman on a charge of unlawful conduct toward a child.

The jury needed less than three hours of deliberation to reach their conclusion.

Police say Amir was last seen during a visit to a bank with his mother back in November of last year.

During the trial, prosecutors brought over three dozen witnesses to testify. The defense called just two, including Zinah Jennings's mother.

Some of the prosecution witnesses testified the mother said she was stressed and needed a break from the boy. Her mother said she didn't believe her daughter would have ever harmed him.

Zinah Jennings never took the stand in her own defense.

During deliberations, the judge received two notes from the jury: one requested a copy of the statute, the other asked for 12 copies of Jennings's statements to police.

Before sentencing, the judge heard from Zinah Jennings's mother, Jocelyn Jennings Nelson. She begged the judge to show mercy on her child, acknowledging that her daughter is troubled.

"I noticed it [motherhood] was difficult (for her)," Jennings Nelson said. "I noticed she was depressed and needed help. I went agency to agency to get help."

Zinah Jennings herself did not speak.

The judge, however, wasn't swayed, saying that a mother should want to protect her child, and that he "doesn't take into account what family members have to say when sentencing."

The judge did say Jennings would get credit for time served, which is about nine months.

http://www.wltx.com/news/article/200789/310/Zinah-Jennings-Found-Guilty
 

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The mother of a Columbia child who went missing in 2011, and whose body has never been found, was recently released from prison after serving about four years of a 10-year sentence.

Zinah Jennings, 27, was convicted of unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person in 2012 in connection with the disappearance of her toddler son, Amir.

On Sept. 30, Jennings was released to the supervised re-entry program, according to the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. Jennings will remain under supervision until March 30, 2017.

Amir Jennings was last seen by his family at Thanksgiving in 2011, when he was 18 months old. He would now be about 6 years old.


During his mother’s 2012 trial concerning his disappearance, witnesses said they saw Zinah Jennings kick Amir, squeeze him until he cried, leave him unrestrained in a car seat and allow him to wander unsupervised out of a bank’s door. Other testimony indicated that Zinah Jennings had history of drug abuse and excessive drinking.

Jennings and her son first were reported missing in early December 2011 by her mother. On Christmas Eve, Jennings was found when she was involved in a single-car accident in downtown Columbia, but Amir was not with her.

Jennings told law enforcement various stories about the boy being with relatives and friends in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. None checked out.

Prosecutors believed Amir was dead but were unable to produce his body or any evidence that he was no longer living. Amir’s blood was found on a baby blanket in the trunk of Jennings’ car.

Jennings gave birth to a second child, a daughter, in the middle of her 2012 trial.
http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article112769883.html