A five-month-old infant is kidnapped from her crib.
According to Marlene Aisenberg, she got up shortly after 6 A.M. on November 24, 1997 , and went into her kitchen:
Steve and Marlene Aisenberg’s third child, five month-old Sabrina, had vanished from her own crib. The Aisenberg home, located in a suburb of Tampa, Florida, became an instant crime scene. According to Marty Rosen, a journalist who covered the story for St. Petersburg Times, news of the kidnapping sent shock waves through the local community:
The Aisenbergs had left their garage door open overnight. The interior door may also have been left unlocked. But there was no sign of an intruder. Then, the investigation took a sudden, unexpected turn. Marlene and her husband became prime suspects.
Marlene Aisenberg says she was floored by the accusation:
Deputies removed several items from the Aisenberg home, including Sabrina’s crib and bedding. They were sent to the FBI lab for analysis. As the search for baby Sabrina continued, the Aisenbergs taped a public appeal, pleading for her return. The plea might have inspired sympathy for Steve and Marlene, but, according to Marty Rosen, their demeanor made people suspicious. The day after Sabrina vanished, the media taped the Aisenbergs smiling as they left their home:
Steve and Marlene voluntarily took polygraph tests. In Marlene’s case, she says the results were apparently a matter of debate:
Months passed with no sign of baby Sabrina. According to Marty Rosen, the police said that they would soon be laying out their case against the Aisenbergs:
Lt. Greg Brown of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office: