Amir Jennings is missing. South Carolina mother Zinah Jennings claims to have left her 18-month-old son with "people she knows" while she took a break from parenting. Who couldn't use that? Claiming the stress of parenting and criticism from her mother, as well as being unemployed, led her to leave the boy; she refuses to reveal his whereabouts. That's okay, right? She doesn't have to tell anyone where he is. But, you would think she would want to, considering she is now on trial for unlawful conduct toward a child. Does this ring any Casey Anthony bells for anyone?
Both Zinah and her son, Amir, had been reported missing in early December 2011, having not been seen since Thanksgiving. When a Christmas Eve car accident flushed out the young mother, everyone was left to wonder, where is Amir? Jennings told police several inconsistent stories about the boy being with relatives and friends across the south from Charlotte, NC to Atlanta, GA, but never produced him, only saying he is safe in his current location. Zinah, now 23 and expecting a second child, said, "It (the pressure from her mother to succeed and be a good parent) is very frustrating. All eyes are on me. I know why I'm here, and I don't care what she has to say about it." Clearly, there's some animosity between Zinah and her mother.
When Jennings was picked up on Christmas Eve 2011, she had glitter on her face, and one officer said she smelled like she had been at a strip club. Additionally, two nurses who cared for her after the accident testified that she had told them she had no children, changing her story to having a one girl, only after being questioned about a C-section scar. Everyone, get your boots, it's getting deeper. Blood found on a blanket and clothing in the trunk of Zinah Jennings car matches that of her son.
Wouldn't it be absolutely shocking if her story is true? If she was, indeed, stressed, and someone is caring for her son for her, while she gets her life together. However, the missing baby, the partying, the old "the nanny has the baby" excuse, has been done. Maybe Casey Anthony getting away with a very similar crime has demonstrated to other young mothers that you can just throw your baby away and not be responsible for your actions. Way to go, Florida court system.
Jennings faces 10 years in jail if she is convicted of unlawful conduct toward a child. Why is this not a murder charge, if they have the evidence? Of course, there's no body, but people have been convicted with less. She is also facing an assault charge for shoving a jail nurse. She has been ordered to take antipsychotics and sat in solitary confinement for 90 days after the assault. Wow, she's got some problems.
Hopefully, someone will come forward, saying, "Oh, we have Amir, we didn't know anyone was looking for him," but that's unlikely. If he was okay, someone would have come forward by now. It's scary to think the things that could've happened to him, possibly even things inflicted by his own mother. Zinah needs to figure out what the truth is and tell someone. Someone has to pay for this one.