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      Candlelight vigil to be held for Amir Jennings

      Amir was 18 months old when Nelson reported him missing around Thanksgiving.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- Relatives of a South Carolina boy missing since Thanksgiving will held a candlelight prayer service Thursday evening.

      Jocelyn Jennings Nelson spoke to reporters before Thursday's vigil. She says she still thinks her grandson, Amir Jennings, is alive and she prays that wherever he is, he is being cared for.

      The service was held at Frances Burns United Methodist Church in Columbia.

      Amir was 18 months old when Nelson reported him missing around Thanksgiving.

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      The boy's mother has been in jail since late December on a cruelty to children charge. Police say Zinah Jennings has lied about where her son is, and authorities are analyzing stains on blankets and clothes removed from Jennings' car after a Christmas Eve wreck to see if they are blood.

      Her attorney says Jennings is pregnant and is on psychiatric medication.

      Nelson says her daughter was a doting mother, but then something brought her to a dark place. She says she prays for her too.

      Authorities say they are still following leads to try and figure out what happened to the boy.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report)