Police are still searching for 18-month-old Amir Jennings, who was reported missing in early December by his grandmother. Amir’s mother Zinah Jennings was arrested last week after police say she lied to them about his location.
Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott gave an update on the case Friday at a press conference held at the Columbia Police Department.
“I’m fearful,” Scott told reporters, “I will tell you I’m concerned, but I’m not willing to say, until we have proof, that something has happened drastically to Amir.”
A few members of the Jennings family also made a public statement at the press conference. Amir’s grandmother and Zinah Jennings mother, Jocelyn Jennings Nelson, gave descriptions of the missing child and told reporters where he is most likely to be found.
“He has four to six front teeth with a distinct gap. He is a very happy baby,” Nelson said. “I believe that Amir could be in the Atlanta area, Charlotte area, and of course Columbia. My daughter Zinah has ties in those cities.”
Zinah Jennings continues to be the prime suspect in the disappearance of her son after she gave inconsistent stories about where Amir was to authorities. Chief Scott says Amir’s father was investigated and has been cooperative. Scott said the father does not seem to have any involvement in Amir’s disappearance.
Scott says the investigation will continue and anyone who has information pertaining to Amir’s whereabouts needs to contact police immediately.
South Carolina Radio Network’s Tripp Girardeau contributed to this report