SC Mom Gets 10 Years Over Missing Son
It's not clear whether toddler is still alive
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 7, 2012 1:35 PM CDT
This booking photo provided by the East Point, Ga., Police Department on Jan. 13, 2012, shows Zinah Jennings, 22.   (AP Photo/East Point Police Department)

(Newser) – A South Carolina mother was sentenced to the maximum of 10 years in prison today for refusing to tell authorities where her missing toddler has gone. Zinah Jennings, 23, showed no emotion as the verdict of guilty of unlawful conduct was read in court. Jennings' son, Amir, was 18 months old when he was last seen in November. He and his mother were taped on security video at a Columbia bank.

Police say Jennings has repeatedly lied to them about where the boy is, telling false tales that led them to search places from Atlanta to Charlotte, NC. Jennings has said she left the boy somewhere safe but wouldn't give details when questioned by police. Some of the dozens of prosecution witnesses testified that Jennings, who gave birth to a girl last week, said she was stressed and needed a break from the boy. One friend said Jennings told her she pondered selling or giving away the boy and even mentioned throwing him out the window of a moving car.

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Sep 8, 2012 4:01 PM CDT
Another fine liberal....if I don't like the kid, he's toast
Sep 8, 2012 2:01 PM CDT
Nothing boils my blood more then missing/abused children. They are so innocent and trusting. Too take advantage of that, especially as a parent is heart crushing. I hope this boy is ok, wherever he is... And that mother(using the term loosely) should get 25 to life.
Sep 8, 2012 11:56 AM CDT
so far so good but put her in a mans prison, then shoot her after her ten years are up!