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SC AMIR JENNINGS: Missing from Columbia, SC - 5 Dec 2011 - Age 17 months

Discussion in 'Missing 2010 to 2014' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Aug 4, 2018.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

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    Amir and his 22-year-old mother, Zinah Damaris Jennings, disappeared from Columbia, South Carolina on November 22, 2011. They reported missing by Zinah's mother, Jocelyn Jennings Nelson, in early December, after she found out Zinah was a suspect in a hit-and-run accident. Nelson had thought Amir and Zinah were in Atlanta, but when she asked about her grandson she only got vague answers.

    On December 24, Zinah was located after she crashed her burgundy 2004 Dodge Neon at Millwood Avenue and Lady Street in Columbia, near her mother's home. Her son wasn't with her at the time.

    When asked about Amir, Zinah at first claimed she didn't have any children, then said Amir was staying with friends and relatives in various places, then refused to give any further information about him. On December 29, she was charged with child neglect because she wouldn't produce Amir or say where he was or what had happened to him.

    Cadaver dogs detected the scent of human remains inside Zinah's car's trunk and backseat, and authorities found a bloodstained baby blanket in the trunk; the blood was Amir's. A shovel and some of Amir's clothing were also inside the car.

    Nelson stated Zinah had been a good student at Winthrop University, but after Amir's birth she struggled with depression and started acting erratically. She has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and prescribed anti-psychotic medication.

    Amir's father had little contact with him, although he did see his son and Zinah over the Thanksgiving holidays in 2011. Besides his mother, Amir's father was the last person to have seen him.

    On November 9, not long before Amir disappeared, Zinah was arrested for prostitution and marijuana possession in Atlanta. She had been staying there with her half-sister. Zinah frequently traveled between Columbia, Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina and had friends in all those places.

    Zinah was pregnant at the time of her arrest and, in September 2012, during her trial for unlawful conduct towards a child, she gave birth to a daughter.

    Prosecution witnesses testified that Zinah had physically abused Amir, didn't supervise him properly, and talked about possibly selling him or giving him away. She was convicted of unlawful conduct towards a child and sentenced to the maximum term of ten years in prison.

    Extensive searches have turned up no sign of Amir, and authorities believe he may be dead. His case remains unsolved.

    CHARLEY PROJECT - http://charleyproject.org/case/amir-drod-jennings

    NCMEC - http://api.missingkids.org/poster/NCMC/1186645/1

    NAMUS - https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/14930



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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Mother of missing toddler released from prison after 4 years of 10-year sentence
    November 2016

    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



    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.

    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.

    https://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article112769883.html
     
  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    CPD Investigators still searching for Amir Jennings
    July 2018

    Amir Jennings would have been 8-years-old last week and investigators still haven't given up in solving the case of the missing toddler.

    "Is Zinah Jennings guilty of anything? That's something that's yet to be determined," explains Kevin Reese, an investigator with the Columbia Police Department.

    Authorities have been searching for Amir since Thanksgiving of 2011.

    "The main focus is to find Amir and bring him home," says Reese.


    "There is frustration here," Reese told WACH FOX News, adding the boy's mother, Zinah Jennings, could have the answers they need, "Zinah remains evasive, uncooperative and seemingly uncaring. She continues to withhold information from investigators in this case."

    "I would like to say something to the people out there to the people that Zinah may have had conversations with in telling her story. An act of omission of any facts could cost you more than you're willing to pay. She is the key, we need her here."

    *** Zinah Jenning's lawyer Hemphill Pride told WACH FOX News they will not be releasing any statements about the case right now. However Pride says he would like to see more reward money in the case for people to come forward.

    ***If you have any information about the disappearance of Amir Jennings, you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime SC or contact the Columbia Police Department.

    https://wach.com/news/local/cpd-investigators-still-searching-for-amir-jennings
     

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