http://www.kmov.com/news/crime/Man-a...144033536.htmlA man has been charged with beating his 12-year-old stepson and forcing him to eat screws off the ground at their home on Scott Air Force Base property. The boy’s mother is also in custody, according to deputies.
James P. Jennings was charged with one count of felony aggravated battery, two counts of domestic battery and four counts of endangering the life of a child. He’s in custody on a $400,000 bond.
The child told investigators that he was punished for leaving his bedroom to eat cookies. The child was forced to eat crumbs from the kitchen floor and two metal screws. X-rays showed the screws were still in the child’s stomach, according to Captain Johnson.
The child was also forced to do 700 push-ups before he was beaten.
The child’s mother, who adopted him five years ago, was on active military duty and out of state this week. She flew in from Florida and was interviewed and taken into custody.
Captain Johnson said Jennings, who’s not on active military duty, has been married to the woman for about a year.
Air Force investigators are involved in the case.
It’s not yet clear if the mother will be charged, Johnson said.
http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/311...rtured-stepsonAccording to Captain Steve Johnson, a sheriff's department spokesman, deputies were contacted Thursday by a school nurse at Scott Elementary School. The nurse told deputies a 12-year-old complained about shoulder pains. The nurse discovered the child had bruising on his arms, back and buttocks.
Investigators learned the boy's stepfather, identified by the State's Attorney's Office as 39-year-old James P. Jennings, was upset with the child because he left for work Wednesday night at 10 p.m., he instructed the boy not to leave his bedroom. The child did leave the bedroom, ate some cookies for a snack, and let dogs out around the house.
Upon returning from work about 2 a.m., investigators said Jennings discovered the boy had come out of the bedroom, got cookies, and let the family's pet dogs outside.
The man is believed to have struck the boy with a belt and bloodied the child's nose. Investigators said the father became angry and struck a chair, knocking two screws out of it. The suspect then allegedly forced the boy to lick up and swallow the screws.
The ordeal ended around 5 a.m. Jennings forced his stepson to go back to bed and then woke him up a short time later to go to school.
Johnson also said the child told them he sustained another of beating on Tuesday. At that time, the suspect allegedly broke a wooden paddle on the boy and forced him to do more than 350 pushups.
http://www.bnd.com/2012/03/23/v-prin...than-1000.htmlJennings thought the chocolate from the cookies could harm the dogs, so he forced the boy to eat new and old crumbs off the ground.
"It seems we care more about the dogs than the child," Johnson said in regard to Jennings.
At the same time, Jennings beat the boy with a belt and punched him in the face.
For the life of me, I can't figure out how someone can even think up this shit.