A grand jury in Richland County has indicted the mother of a boy who has not been seen in nearly six months ago.
Zinah Jennings will face charges of unlawful neglect of a child. Jennings has been in jail for the last five months as Columbia Police continue to search for her 18-month-old son, Amir. The boy vanished shortly after Thanksgiving last year.
The case started getting statewide attention after police found Jennings, who had been reported missing by her worried mother, in a traffic stop without her son.
Police say Zinah Jennings has refused to cooperate with them. In the days after her stop, investigators say Jennings told them conflicting stories about Amir being with different relatives in different cities.
Jennings’s attorney has said Zinah is battling depression and is now pregnant again. Meanwhile, officials say they are no closer to finding young Amir than they were after arresting Zinah Jennings in December.