A Columbia mother whose son has been missing for more than two years was denied early release from prison.
The Associated Press reports the three-member parole board panel rejected the request from Zinah Jennings, 25, on Wednesday. Her son Amir has not been seen since late November 2011, when both mother and son were recorded on a bank’s security video. Amir was 18 months old at the time.
Jennings is currently serving a 10-year sentence for unlawful conduct toward a child. Authorities said the mother gave investigators misleading information about her son’s whereabouts. During her 2012 trial, prosecutors showed video recordings of Jennings telling investigators that she left the boy someplace safe, but refusing to say where that was.
Investigators say they began found Amir’s blood on baby blankets retrieved from Jennings’ car but no other trace of him.