Fort Wright Police reunite missing 2-year-old boy with mother

Child first reported missing early Saturday
Kieran Jennings
Posted at 7:13 PM, Mar 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-13 19:42:28-04

FORT WRIGHT, Ky. — On Sunday evening, Fort Wright Police reunited a missing 2-year-old boy with his mother.

Investigators said Kieran Jennings has been missing since Saturday. He was staying with his father, Marrell Jennings, at the Days Inn Motel in Fort Wright. Merrell allegedly left with his son early Saturday driving a white 2006 Chevy Trailblazer. Shortly after, police sent out a release that said they needed help finding the child and his father.

Just minutes before Sunday's reunion, Kieran's mother, Tabatha Sendelbach, was hanging up flyers that offered a reward. WCPO reporter Kendria Lafleur spoke with Sendelbach moments after her son was returned to her arms.

"I'm relieved. I haven't slept. I haven't ate. I haven't done anything in 3 days," Sendelbach said.

On Saturday, WCPO talked with Kieran's grandmother, Lisa Brewer. She said Kieran was visiting his dad for the weekend with his siblings. She said all of them were staying at the motel, but his father only left with Kieran Saturday morning.

"This is out of character. He wouldn't do this with the baby. He wouldn't leave his other children in a motel unattended. And he had four other children in the motel room. They were staying in a motel till they could get their housing and he never came back. He didn't even come back for the other kids in the motel. We went last night and got them," Brewer said.

In a press release, Fort Wright Police said Marrel was located safely. Investigators said they would like to thank the community and the local law enforcement response for helping find the child and his father.

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