Report: Zinah Jennings, Mom of Amir Jennings, Arrested for Prostitution in November

7:53 AM, Jan 13, 2012   |    comments
The photo on the right is Zinah Jennings' mug shot after being arrested for prostitution.
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Columbia, SC (WXIA)-- WXIA-TV in Atlanta has learned that the mother of a missing toddler was arrested for prostitution and drug possession less than a month before her son's disappearance.

According to the police report obtained by 11Alive News, East Point, Georgia police arrested Zinah Jennings on November 9 after she agreed to have sex with an undercover officer in exchange for $40.

Zinah Jennings is the mother of Amir Jennings, who has been missing since late November.

The police report also says Jennings was smoking a "marijuana cigar" when officers waiting nearby swooped in to arrest her.

Jennings's family told Columbia Police that the 22-year-old suffered from severe depression when they reported her missing in early December.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the return of Amir. Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott announced the reward Tuesday afternoon.

"This case has been weighing on the hearts and minds of Columbia Police investigators for weeks now. There is still great concern for the child's safety and well-being," he said. "We continue to ask the public across three states to assist us in finding Amir Jennings."

Scott said the child's mother still hasn't let them know what may have happened to the toddler. Officers have charged Zinah Jennings with unlawful conduct toward a child.

Zinah's family initially reported her missing as well, but she turned up again after she was involved in a car accident on December 24. During questioning, she refused to say what happened to her 18-month-old son, according to Scott.

Last week, cadaver dogs and officers searched Zinah's home in Columbia. Chief Scott said a search of Zinah's car turned up a bloody blanket. Scott says, however, that the blood could be from the mother from injuries sustained in the December 24th car accident.

The blanket and the shovel were sent to the State Law Enforcement Division for testing.

Scott said since the initial questioning, Zinah has told them she last saw the child on November 29 at her home in Columbia. However, he said she said her son disappeared, and it was up to police to find him.

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