Zinah Jennings will go to trial
Thu, 10 May 2012 20:21:20 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) - Zinah Jennings was indicted by a Richland County Grand Jury Thursday on a charge of unlawful conduct toward a child.
Jennings has been detained in the Richland County Detention Center for five months. Police say they arrested her for lying about the whereabouts of her son, Amir. The boy was 18-months-old when his grandmother reported him missing in early December. Police say Jennings has fabricated multiple stories about where he is.
"She walked into the Devine Street substation and said: My name is Zinah Jennings, I understand you're looking for me," Jennings' lawyer Hemphill Pride said Thursday. "That doesn't sound like a person with anything to hide."
In late January, a judge denied a request to lower Jennings' bond, which is set at $150,000.
Pride says he will file motions for a speedy trial and challenge the charges and indictment in front of a judge. "A person charged with a criminal offense has the right to remain silent," he added.
Amir Jennings, who was 18-months old when he disappeared last November, has not been found.
To see a video timeline documenting the Amir Jennings disappearance and investigation click here.
Police are urging anyone with information about the Amir Jennings case to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. All calls are anonymous and there is a possible $10,000 dollar reward tied to information in the case.