Nov. 24, 1997, at 6:42
AM, a call to 911, placed by a mother reported her 5 month old infant,
Sabrina, was missing. Marlene Aisenberg claimed she and her husband,
Steve put the infant in her crib at 11 o'clock the prior evening
and awoke the next morning to find an empty crib.
door was left open, but the family dog, Brownie, never barked. There
was no evidence of an intruder.
search was immediately launched surrounding the infant's home and
parents were interviewed by law enforcement they decided to hire
an attorney and refused to cooperate further, instead they made
a media tour appearing on a host of national television shows to
gain Support for their allegedly missing baby. They were critical
of law enforcement. People within their community were beginning
to suspect the parents..
home was tapped by law enforcement as part of their investigation.
against the parents were announced Thursday afternoon in Tampa by
US Attorney Charles Wilson. The indictment claims the parents admitting
to obstructing justice and responsibility for the death and cover
up of young Sabrina.
two other children remaining in the home, a girl 4 and a boy 8 at
the time of Sabrina's disappearance.
2001, all charges against the Aisenbergs were dropped. US District
ending the 18-month prosecution of Steven and Marlene Aisenberg.
Gov. Jeb Bush (R) appointed a special prosecutor to investigate
the conduct of the two Hillsborough County, Fla., sheriff's detectives
who first investigated the case and focused on the baby's parents.
Stephen Kunz, was demoted and stripped of his supervisory responsibilities,
shortly thereafter. His partner, Rachelle DesVaux Bedke, Federal
Attorney, has been transferred to a different department. The two
are being investigated by the Justice Department.
has not been seen or heard from since Nov. 24, 1997. It's
been seven years since the 5-month-old baby seemingly vanished.
disappears from crib -- "This morning, someone came into our
house and took our baby, Sabrina Paige, out of her crib, out of
our home,'' Aisenberg said with a trembling voice and tears in her
eyes. ""I'm begging that person to please bring our baby back to
us. We miss her and love her very much,'' she said. "Please bring
her home to her family.''
DesVaux Bedke, US Attorney's Office, Tampa, will move to the economic
crimes division immediately. The transfer comes less than two weeks
after Bedke's partner on the Sabrina Aisenberg case, Stephen
Kunz, was demoted and stripped of his supervisory responsibilities.
Kunz had been deputy chief of the office's criminal division for
seven years. The two are being investigated by the Justice Department.
moment the Aisenbergs were charged until the moment US District
Judge Steven Merryday unceremoniously tossed the case with about
the same distaste as an exterminator removing a dead rat from the
attic, the predicate for indicting the parents had been based entirely
on a series of electronic bugs placed in the couple's home, purporting
to contain incriminating statements about their role in the disappearance.
Col. Jose Docobo drew the short straw to try explaining the inexplicable:
How the two lead detectives in the missing Sabrina Aisenberg case,
who lied under oath, fabricated evidence, obstructed justice, misled
judges and otherwise turned the investigation into an embarrassing
chapter of law enforcement malfeasance, duplicity and ineptitude,
would not be disciplined. Oh sure, Detectives Linda Burton and William
Blake, the bobblehead twins of befuddlement, will receive letters