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Aisenberg failed polygraph, records say

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 3, 2000

TAMPA -- Marlene Aisenberg failed a polygraph test given by sheriff's investigators the day after she reported her 5-month-old daughter missing in 1997, according to papers prosecutors filed in federal court Tuesday.

The court filing contradicts public claims Aisenberg made about her test results shortly after Sabrina's disappearance.

Confirmation of the failed polygraph, which was reported by several television stations two years ago, was contained in a blistering denial by prosecutors that they had committed misconduct in obtaining an indictment of Aisenberg and her husband, Steven.

The couple is awaiting trial on charges they lied about the disappearance of their daughter, Sabrina, who has never been found.

The Aisenbergs say an intruder took the child from their Brandon home in the middle of the night. Prosecutors think the Aisenbergs know what happened to the child.

In a lengthy and detailed response, prosecutors rejected defense attorneys' claims that they manipulated the grand jury and leaked information.

$700 reward offered in dead cat inquiry

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering a $700 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever killed a pregnant cat and her six kittens.

The money for the reward was donated by two Tampa Bay area residents.

"I hate to see animals and children hurt," said St. Petersburg resident John Grim, who donated $500 of the reward.

The mother cat was cut open, and some of her kittens were strewn on the front doormat of St. Anthony's Friary early Sunday in St. Petersburg. Police have no suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (727) 893-7780.

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