The mother of a teenage girl who got drunk, locked herself in a freezer, and died, is inexplicably blaming police for her daughter’s death.
Video from Chicago’s Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Rosemont, where 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins was attending a party of Sept. 8, showed the apparently drunk teen’s final moments.
In it, Jenkins is seen getting off of an elevator around 3:20 a.m. and stumbling around the hallways and eventually, off camera, landing in one of the hotel’s freezers.
She was reported missing on Saturday around 1 p.m. and her body was found in the freezer around 1.am. on Sunday.
Social media speculation suggested that many believed there was foul play, but the video surveillance disputed that assessment.
Still, an attorney for the family, and the family itself, want to place blame on others for Jenkins bad choices.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel “never checked. They never searched, they never did anything while a young, 19-year-old disoriented girl was sitting in their freezer,” attorney Sam Adam Jr. told the Chicago Tribune. “Now there has to be an answer to how that happened. Better yet, there has to be an answer to why that happened.”
Jenkins’ mother, Tereasa Martin, had more blame to dish out.
“To me, I feel like they helped kill my child: the police department and this hotel,” she said.
No doubt that it is a tragedy, and no one can judge a mother’s pain in losing a child, but blaming the police for her daughter’s decisions is a tremendous stretch.
In a 911 call, Martin can be heard telling a dispatcher what she knew of her daughter’s disappearance, based on conversations she had with the girl’s friends.
“They said they went upstairs to get (a) cellphone … and (Jenkins) was standing in the lobby,” Martin told the dispatcher. “When they came downstairs, she wasn’t there anymore.”
Martin was concerned because she learned that her daughter had been drinking, and “one cup is too much for her,” she said.
The dispatcher attempted to reassure Martin that Jenkins would likely be found fine.
“What I would recommend is just go home, relax a little bit, give it some time,” the dispatcher told Martin. “(For) all we know she very well still could be in the room. She could just be passed out. You know how it is. You’re drinking the night before, you get — you know what I mean.”
Attorney Larry Rogers suggested, at a news conference, that Jenkins would still be alive if the hotel took the pleas of the girl’s mother and friends more seriously.
They “were not given the assistance they needed. Assistance that probably, I suspect — I don’t know — may have prevented us from being here today.”
Jenkins’ grieving mother said she won’t be satisfied that there was no foul play until she sees the entire video.
“I want to see it all. I want to see her actually walking into this freezer and closing herself within this freezer and freezing to death,” she said.
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