Where's Amir? Missing Boy's Case Gets Scant Notice

His mother is sent to prison but won't say what happened to him

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 8, 2012 12:26 PM CDT

(Newser) – A long-held criticism of the media is that stories about missing white kids get big play in contrast to those about missing minority kids. The case of 18-month Amir Jennings, an African-American from South Carolina, is the latest case in point. He hasn't been seen since November, and his mother has told so many blatant lies about his disappearance that she got sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday for unlawful conduct. And yet, despite the pleas of detectives, Amir's case has generated relatively little national attention, notes AP.

It doesn't help that the investigation has yielded no major breakthroughs, but, still, the contrast with the obvious comparison of Caylee Anthony's coverage is striking. "Media has always leaned toward the cute little kids," says Monica Caison of the CUE Center for Missing Persons. "And unfortunately, a lot of times they think cute little kids are white."

In this Nov. 25, 2011, photo provided by the Columbia S.C., Police Department, 18-month-old Amir Jennings is shown.
In this Nov. 25, 2011, photo provided by the Columbia S.C., Police Department, 18-month-old Amir Jennings is shown.   (AP Photo/Columbia S.C., Police Dept.)
Zinah Jennings stands with her attorney, Hemphill Pride, as she faces Judge Knox McMahon Friday in Columbia, S.C.
Zinah Jennings stands with her attorney, Hemphill Pride, as she faces Judge Knox McMahon Friday in Columbia, S.C.   (TV, ONLINE, PRINT)
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