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James P. Jennings: Man Forced Stepson to Eat Screws, Police Charge

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James Jennings, currently in custody for abusing his stepson.
James P. Jennings, 39, became enraged with his 12-year-old stepson -- according to police -- when the boy disobeyed him and left his room during the night to eat cookies, which got some crumbs on the floor.  Jennings' parenting solution to this minor disobedience was apparently to force the boy to do hundreds of knuckle push-ups, then beat him with a paddle until the paddle broke. All because Jennings was worried that his dogs would eat the cookie crumbs and become ill.

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.


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9 comments
Tina Burston
Tina Burston

I feel so sorry for the children of today the abuse they endure is horrible.They should do these predators more harm than jail that is not enough.But I'am so happy he allowed him to go to school are we would be reading why his life was taken away. And so happy he had a teacher that was alert and acted upon what she saw and helped the child to safety.

adarc
adarc

And yet everyday, in just about every story about failing school systems 10 or 15 asswipes pipe up with " back in my day, parents used to discipline their kids! If more parents would just smack their kids we wouldn't have so problems in school" - uh huh. Yup. This is definately the answer.

Eddie Chestnut
Eddie Chestnut

Hell Naw !!! Pushups are a great positive reinforcer, ...8 years in the US ARMY Signal Corps will make you FEEL that way.But goddamn !!!! , eating screws, paddling, etc...... SMH, Come ON SON !!!!

Chelsea Scott
Chelsea Scott

If only the mothers of these children loved their kids as much as their child abusing lovers.  

Bruce Edmund Carroll
Bruce Edmund Carroll

WTF is wrong with those wastes of space? They should be forced to eat rusty screws and nails and a magnet or two. then use a super magnet to make a hole in their stomaches and instintines. then deny them medical care until they are dead. as for the mother no honor guard funeral no flag to family. dishonorable discharge and reduction in rank to private. I hope the kid gets well soon and goes to a better home than the one he was abused in.

ariel25
ariel25

that guy should get an ELECTRIC CHAIR & not sum "pad on the shoulder" BS. This boy is affected for the rest of his life in alot of wrong ways. This may even lead him to become abusive later in his life just like his stepfather who was most likely abused as a child!!!

My2Cents
My2Cents

I am glad that they are at least charging her in addition to this POS.

The_Bryman
The_Bryman

I agree one hundred percent! People like this waste of space do not deserve any shred of sympathy and I hope they throw the book at Pennings and the mother of this poor young man. 

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