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Search for missing SC toddler called off; mom is pregnant

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Zinah Jennings (Richland Co. Detention Center) Zinah Jennings (Richland Co. Detention Center)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

Authorities have called off a search in central South Carolina for a toddler who has been missing since Thanksgiving.

Dozens of federal, state and local police officers scoured an eight-mile radius for more than four hours Thursday, looking for Amir Jennings.

The boy's mother, 22-year-old Zinah Jennings, has been held in jail since late December. Columbia police have accused her of lying about Amir's whereabouts.

Police said they received a tip to search the area near a small church in Richland County.

Zinah Jennings' attorney said his client is not speaking to police and is on psychiatric medication.

The mother's attorney said his client is pregnant and should be released from jail.

Hemphill Pride II said in court papers filed earlier this week that 22-year-old Zinah Jennings needs pre-natal care. Pride said he has known about the pregnancy for a week. 

Pride says a doctor who has examined Jennings says she is mentally ill.   

Pride says Jennings has been ordered to have treatment for a year and has been ordered to take Risperdal, used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia. 

 

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