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

(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.

This booking photo provided by the East Point, Ga., Police Department on Jan. 13, 2012, shows Zinah Jennings, 22.
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)
A file photo of the still-missing Amir Jennings.
A file photo of the still-missing Amir Jennings.   (AP Photo/Columbia S.C., Police Dept.)
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