Missing toddler's mother expected in court

COLUMBIA (WACH)--The mother of missing toddler Amir Jennings is expected in court.

An attorney for Zinah Jennings is expected to tell a judge during a hearing in Columbia on Monday that his 22-year-old client is pregnant and mentally ill and should be released from jail because she needs medical care.

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Hemphill Pride II says Jennings has been ordered to have treatment for her mental illness for a year and has been told to take Risperdal, which is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia. He also said she needs prenatal care.

Columbia police officers scoured a rural area last week but found no evidence of Amir Jennings. The boy has been missing since Thanksgiving, Zinah Jennings has been arrested for lying about his whereabouts.