AP Exclusive: Grandmother hopes SC boy found alive

January 11, 2012 - 12:00 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The grandmother of a South Carolina toddler missing for more than a month says she's holding out hope the boy will be found alive.

Jocelyn Jennings Nelson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she is sure her daughter did nothing to harm the boy. Police have said 22-year-old Zinah Jennings has given them conflicting accounts about the boy's whereabouts and she has been charged with lying to investigators.

Amir Jennings was 18 months old when the grandmother reported him and his mother missing in December. The mother resurfaced at Christmas but without the boy. Police this week said they found what appear to be bloody clothes in Jennings' car.

Nelson says her daughter doesn't trust police and may not fully understand the seriousness of the search for her son.