James P. Jennings: Man Forced Stepson to Eat Screws, Police Charge
|James Jennings, currently in custody for abusing his stepson.|
It's a pity Jennings couldn't show such concern about what he made the boy eat.
Sometime during Jennings' rampage, he allegedly came across a pair of screws on the floor. He then had the bright idea to force the boy to eat these as further punishment -- because the hours of beatings he had endured up to this point weren't enough, apparently.
Jennings then sent the child to school, where he complained to a teacher of a sore shoulder. The school nurse quickly surmised the boy had been abused, and contacted law enforcement. The boy has since been placed in a foster home; he will need further medical attention for the screws that are still inside him.
Shockingly, this all occurred at Scott Air Force Base, where the boy's mother is an active-duty member of the armed forces. The mother, Lashawn M. Jennings, was not present when the screw-eating and beatings occurred, but investigators have determined she was somehow involved in earlier incidents of abuse. She's being held on a $20,000 bond for those incidents.
Jennings has been charged with one count of aggravated battery, two counts of domestic battery and four counts of endangering the life/health of a child. He's being held on $400,000 bond.