Mom of missing SC boy told cops she needed break

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina mother on trial in the case of her missing son told police she needed a break from parenting.

Prosecutors on Tuesday played a lengthy interview with Zinah Jennings. In the tape, a police sergeant tells Jennings he knows parenting is stressful and understands that she needs time away from her son.

But Sgt. Arthur Thomas also says he needs to see the boy to ensure he’s OK.

Jennings is on trial for unlawful conduct toward a child. Her son was 18 months old when he was last seen around Thanksgiving.

Jennings has said her son is safe but won’t say where he is. Her attorney said Tuesday police don’t have any evidence his client harmed her son.

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