March 25, 2012

James Jennings - Jailed After Beating Stepson For Hours, Forcing Him To Eat Screws Off Floor

Scott AFB, Illinois (The Weekly Vice) - James Jennings, a 39-year-old Illinois man was jailed Thursday after he allegedly beat up his 12-year-old stepson, then forced the boy to eat and swallow cookie crumbs and screws from off of the floor.

According to police, officers were dispatched to Scott Elementary School after a school nurse discovered severe bruising on the boy's arms, back and buttocks.

The boy told detectives that his stepfather had instructed him to stay in his bedroom while he worked at a night job.

During the night, the boy left his bedroom, ate some cookies and then let the dogs go outside. When Jennings returned a few hours later and discovered that the boy had been out of his bedroom, all hell broke loose.

Investigators say Jennings forced the boy to do 700 push-ups, and eat cookie crumbs from off the floor.

During the physical confrontation, Jennings broke a chair, knocking several screws onto the floor. Jennings then forced the boy to eat and swallow the screws.

The ordeal lasted from about 2 a.m. until 5 a.m. at which time the boy was allowed to get an hour's sleep before going to school the next morning.

While the boy was being treated at a local hospital, an x-ray was taken which showed several screws in the boy's stomach.

The boy also stated that his step-father had broken a wooden paddle while beating him two days prior. Jennings also forced the boy to complete 350 push-ups during the confrontation.

Jennings was booked into jail and charged with aggravated battery, two counts of domestic battery and four counts of endangering the life of a child. His bail has been set at $400,000.

The boy's mother, who adopted him 5 years ago, was arrested when she returned home from a recent trip. She was not home when the beating occurred, but was arrested after she was questioned about prior incidents. Her charges are still pending.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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