Hevin Dakota James Lee Jenkins
Hevin, approximately 2005
Date reported missing : 12/26/2005
Missing location (approx) :
Hurricane, West Virginia
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 2 years old
Height / Weight : 3'1, 34 pounds
Medical conditions : Hevin is autistic and nonverbal.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Hevin has a small scar on the bottom of his left foot.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Hevin was temporarily in the care of his aunt, Tonya Sloan, in December 2005. His grandparents saw him alive on December 15, and Sloan was supposed to return him to his mother, Amy Ardella Jenkins, on Christmas Eve.
On December 23, Sloan and Amy met and agreed to meet at noon the next day so Amy could pick up the child. Sloan never showed up, though, and avoided contacting her sister and other relatives for the next few days.
On December 26, Sloan reported Hevin had been kidnapped. She said her car was parked at a BP gas station at State Route 34 and Hospital Drive in Hurricane, when the vehicle was stolen with Hevin inside it. The car turned up about 25 minutes later in a nearby parking lot behind Putnam General Hospital, but there was no sign of Hevin.
Authorities didn't believe Sloan's story. When they confronted her, she said Hevin had had a medical emergency and died on December 15, and she and her boyfriend, Anthony Milam, had disposed of his body a few days later. They'd tied the body to a tire rim, put it in a garbAge at the time of disappearance: bag and threw it off a bridge into the Ohio River near the Ohio/West Virginia border.
Both Sloan and Milam were charged with first-degree murder. Milam told police Hevin hadn't died of natural causes; he stated Sloan drowned the child after he soiled himself.
Milam ultimately pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact in Hevin's murder, and was sentenced to a year in jail. Sloan pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and admitted to causing her nephew's death. She was sentenced to the maximum term of forty years in prison.
Hevin's body has never been found, in spite of extensive searches. Foul play is suspected in his case due to the circumstances involved.
Other information and links : ncy
West Virginia State Police
September 2021 updates and sources
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Online Memorial for Hevin Jenkins
The Huntington Herald-Dispatch
The Charleston Gazette
The Charleston Daily Mail
October 12, 2004. December 13, 2018; picture added.
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