DELTA — An infant is safe, a mother dead and a father in custody after a statewide Amber Alert was issued out of Fulton County, Ohio, on Tuesday morning.
Around 7:30 a.m., the Amber Alert was issued for 10-month-old Winston Ramey. Police said he was taken by his father, James Ramey.
Before taking the baby, police said Ramey fatally shot the child’s mother, 23-year-old Amanda “Mandi” Mangas, inside her father’s home in Delta.
When authorities arrived shortly after 5 a.m., they found Mangas inside the home with a gunshot wound to her chest. A sergeant at the scene said her last words were, “Where’s Winston?” which led law enforcement to believe the baby was no longer in the house.
Mangas was taken to a Fulton County hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Authorities determined that Mangas’ stepmother, Debra Mangas, who lived in the home, was missing. Delta police believed she was taken against her will.
Ramey was arrested around 10 a.m. Tuesday in Fulton County, Indiana — about 150 miles away from Delta. Police credited the Amber Alert for helping catch Ramey.
“There were several calls that came in (from) people who had contact with Mr. Ramey, so we were able to track him,” said Delta Police Chief Nathan Hartsock. “With the size of the community, we did have multiple officers, here in my department, working. But if it wasn’t for assisting agencies, this would have been a much slower process.”
Police said cellphone pings, as well as tips from people who were in contact with Ramey, were a major factor in locating a vehicle which police said Ramey took from a friend. Officers stopped the vehicle and arrested Ramey without incident. The baby and stepmother were unharmed.
Ramey was booked in the Fulton County Jail in Indiana, according to Sheriff Chris Sailors. Sailors said an FBI agent was interviewing Ramey because he fled across state lines.
Police believe he may have been heading to Illinois, where his mother lives.
An extradition hearing has not been set for Ramey, though he could agree to voluntarily go back to Fulton County, Ohio, to face charges.
Through tears, Mandi’s father Mike Mangas said he’s proud that his daughter’s last thoughts were about her son. He said he is relieved that his wife and grandson were found unharmed.
In August 2016, Ramey was charged with aggravated menacing. According to court documents, Mangas believed he was going to cause physical harm to her. The document also said Ramey had a knife in his hand and said he was going to kill Mangas in her sleep if she left him.
Mangas obtained a personal protection order against Ramey. According to Fulton County Common Pleas Court, he violated the order on Feb. 16. A complaint made to the court said Ramey contacted Mangas through social media.
Ramey has already been charged with aggravated murder, but police said there will be additional charges.
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