Sabrina Aisenberg – Born June 27, 1997, at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida - She disappeared Nov. 24, 1997. She was named in memory of her great-grandparents Sylvia and Paul. She had just started to crawl when she disappeared.
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.
A garage door was left open, but the family dog, Brownie, never barked. There was no evidence of an intruder.
A massive search was immediately launched surrounding the infant’s home and neighborhood.
After the parents were interviewed by law enforcement they decided to hire an attorney and refused to cooperate further due to law enforcement continued suspicions on them. They 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..The family home was tapped by law enforcement as part of their investigation.
Indictments 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.
There are two other children remaining in the home, a girl 4 and a boy 8 at the time of Sabrina’s disappearance.
In February 2001, all charges against the Aisenberg’s were dropped, with the US District ending the 18-month prosecution.
Florida 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.
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Kidnapped, murdered — what happened to Sabrina Aisenberg? Her parents say they don’t know, that she was abducted sometime during the night. Some people still don’t believe them. Marlene and Steve Aisenberg speak out in a rare interview about their fight to find their daughter and free themselves from suspicion that won’t go away. – The Aisenberg’s – Transcripts
Sabrina — Born born June 27, 1997, at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa. She disappeared Nov. 24, 1997. She was named in memory of her great-grandparents Sylvia and Paul. She had just started to crawl when she disappeared.
Marlene Aisenberg – Born Marlene Sadowsky on Oct. 3, 1962. She is an early childhood education specialist who ran Play Time Pals in Brandon, a program for toddlers and their mothers. She met her future husband during their junior year at the University of Maryland. They moved to Brandon in 1991, following her parents and sister, Elaine.
Steve Aisenberg -- Born Sept. 14, 1963. He was a real estate salesman at M/I Homes in Brandon when Sabrina disappeared. He returned to work six weeks later but said he struggled to focus on work. The Aisenbergs moved to Maryland this summer.
Monica Aisenberg – Sabrina’s sister was 4 when her sister disappeared. Because they looked alike, her parents released a photo of Monica when she was 1-year-old, hoping someone might recognize Sabrina at the same age.
William Aisenberg — Sabrina’s brother was 8 when his sister disappeared. His parents said he had a hard time dealing with his sister’s disappearance.
Barry Cohen — The Aisenbergs’ attorney, one of the most prominent criminal defense lawyers in the Tampa Bay area. Cohen, 60, has been described as a bulldog for his aggressive approach. He graduated from Florida State University in 1962 and got his law degree from Mercer University in 1966. His clients have included former Hillsborough State Attorney E.J. Salcines and William LaTorre, the Pinellas chiropractor acquitted in the deaths of four teenagers in a 1989 boating accident.
Charles Wilson – Today marks the end of Charles Wilson’s five years as U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida, which runs from Jacksonville to Fort Myers. Wilson, 44, a former Hillsborough County judge and federal magistrate, will replace retiring Judge Joseph Hatchett on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, for whom he worked as a clerk 20 years ago. His office has prosecuted executives of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. and the Rev. Henry J. Lyons.