She Asked 'Where's Winston?' It Led Police to Her Killer

Baby was rescued from ex-boyfriend
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2017 6:38 AM CDT
Updated Mar 19, 2017 9:11 AM CDT
Mom's Dying Words Help Save Baby, Catch Alleged Killer
James Ramey.   (Corrections Center of NW Ohio)

A dying woman in Ohio gave police information that helped them rescue her stepmother and 10-month-old son—and catch the ex-boyfriend who allegedly shot her. Police say that when they arrived at the Delta home of 23-year-old Mandi Mangas early Tuesday, she had suffered a gunshot wound to her chest that would prove fatal but was still able to ask about the whereabouts of baby son—"Where's Winston?"—and to give the name of his father, James Ramey, People reports. After an Amber Alert was issued and officers in three states launched a manhunt, Ramey was arrested around a three hours' drive away in Indiana, WTOL reports. Authorities say they rescued Winston and the kidnapped stepmother and charged Ramey with aggravated murder.

"She spoke with the sergeant that arrived on scene and her first thought was her 10-month-old child, which led us to believe that the child was not there," says Delta Chief of Police Nathan Hartsock. The Toledo Blade reports that Mangas secured a protection order, which extended to the baby, against Ramey after he held a knife to her throat in August. She told police the "suspect is a violent drunk, and he has hit and threatened her in the past," an incident report states. He received a suspended 180-day term after pleading no contest to aggravated menacing. Earlier this month, he was charged with violating the order and a court date was set for March 23. People reports that the day before the murder, Mangas posted on Facebook that she was in a new relationship. (More Ohio stories.)

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