$10K reward offered in missing toddler case

Published: Jan. 10, 2012 at 7:11 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2012 at 7:12 PM EST
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Amir Jennings
Amir Jennings
Zinah Jennings
Zinah Jennings

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the whereabouts and the return of a toddler who has been missing since before Thanksgiving.

Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott said the case has been weighing on the hearts and mind of Columbia police investigators for weeks.

"There is still great concern for the child's safety and well-being," said Scott. "We continue to ask the public across three states to assist us in finding Amir Jennings."

Family members last saw the 18-month-old boy with his mother Zinah Demaris Jennings during the Thanksgiving holiday.

A warrant was issued for Jennings on December 29 by the Columbia Police Department and on the same day, Jennings was arrested and charged with Unlawful Conduct Towards a Child.

Police said Jennings providing false and inconsistent information to investigators on Amir's whereabouts. She was booked at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Since the charge, CPD with the assistance of local, state and federal agencies executed search warrants regarding this investigation in Columbia and near Atlanta, Georgia.

Evidence has been taken from different locations and is in the process of being tested at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division's Forensic Services Laboratory.

The reward is being offered by the Columbia Police Department and Crimestoppers.

Chief Scott encourages citizens with information about Ms. Jennings or her son Amir, including if they saw the mother and child together at any time, to call, text or submit online, their anonymous tip to Crimestoppers in the following ways:

CALL toll-free, 1-888-CRIME-SC.

TEXT to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with "TIPSC," followed by the tip information.

LOG onto: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the red "Submit a tip" tab.

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