Missing Sabrina

More witnesses called in case of missing baby


©St. Petersburg Times, published February 11, 1998

TAMPA -- A second round of subpoenas for the federal grand jury has been issued in the case of missing baby Sabrina Aisenberg.

Ginny Westburg, a family friend who also worked with Marlene Aisenberg at her Playtime Pals program in Brandon, said Tuesday she was ordered to appear at the Federal Courthouse at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 18.

Meanwhile, a federal judge Tuesday granted a motion by the Times to intervene in the Aisenberg case.

U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams Jr. directed the newspaper to file additional memorandums to support its request to make public court records related to the couple. The newspaper had sought access to a hearing on a sealed motion filed a week ago by the Aisenbergs attorney, Barry Cohen.

However, Adams said that contrary to news reports, no hearing had been scheduled for today in response to that motion.

The Aisenbergs went to the Federal Courthouse Feb. 4 after they were issued subpoenas to appear before a federal grand jury. Cohen filed a motion in the case before the scheduled 9:30 appearance, but the motion immediately was sealed. The Aisenbergs waited two hours outside the grand jury chambers, but did not testify and did not appear before Adams.

Cohen said Tuesday through a spokesman he would not comment on any matters related to a grand jury.

Sabrina Aisenberg was reported missing Nov. 24 from her crib in the family's Brandon home, triggering a nationwide search. The parents have refused on their attorney's advice to speak to a task force investigating the crime, saying they believe sheriff's detectives set out to frame them.

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