COLUMBIA — The mother of a South Carolina toddler missing since Thanksgiving is expected in court.

An attorney for Zinah Jennings is expected to tell a judge during a hearing in Columbia on Monday that his 22-year-old client is pregnant and mentally ill and should be released from jail because she needs medical care.

Hemphill Pride II says Jennings has been ordered to have treatment for her mental illness for a year and has been told to take Risperdal, which is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia. He also said she needs prenatal care.

Last week, officers scoured a rural area but found no evidence of Amir Jennings. The boy has been missing since Thanksgiving, and his mother has been arrested for lying about his whereabouts.