Boy left with Georgia police not Amir Jennings

Published: Feb. 10, 2012 at 2:07 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 20, 2012 at 2:27 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Columbia family says a boy dropped off at the police department near Atlanta is not a midlands toddler who has been missing since November.

Earlier Thursday night, Amir Jennings' grandmother, Jocelyn Jennings confirmed to WIS News 10's Jack Kuenzie that the boy found in Georgia was not Amir.

"It's not him," Jocelyn Jennings tearfully told Kuenzie.  "Maybe next time." 

The boy's grandmother says family members were shown a photo of the boy in Georgia, and they determined it was not Amir.

WSB-TV in Atlanta reports a DeKalb County woman dropped the child off at the Stone Mountain Police Department Thursday.

The woman said her sister brought the toddler to her house Wednesday night and left him.  The woman said her sister does not have children.

The woman said she tried to reach her sister on her phone and on Facebook but could not track her down.

Thursday morning, the woman took the boy to the police department, but left before she was asked any questions.

Columbia Police have  been working with investigators in Atlanta in their search for Amir Jennings.  The boy's mother told investigators she took him to Atlanta and Charlotte, but she won't tell investigators where he is.

The Columbia Police Department issued this statement Thursday night:

"Misinformation was disseminated to the public in reference to Amir giving false hope that the child had been found."

Chief Randy Scott said, "The Columbia Police Department will continue to provide accurate information concerning Amir Jennings. I ask that citizens keep praying for Amir's safe return. We will not give up on him until he is located."    

"What is encouraging is that the community is still involved as we can tell people are still calling in tips, realize this is still a family out there with their child missing," said Scott.  "So I am encouraged, I am not discouraged by this situation, I am not discouraged by the information. I'm encouraged because people are still engaged about it, people are out there looking for Amir."

 A police spokesperson said the boy to the Georgia Department of Family and Child Services.

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