ABC News’ ‘20/20’ Reports on Two Women Undergoing DNA Testing After Claiming They May Be the 5-Month-Old Infant Who Disappeared From Her Crib 20 Years Ago, Airing Friday, March 16
‘20/20’ REPORTS ON TWO WOMEN UNDERGOING DNA TESTING AFTER CLAIMING THEY MAY BE THE 5-MONTH-OLD INFANT WHO DISAPPEARED FROM HER CRIB 20 YEARS AGO
Deborah Roberts Interviews the Missing Infant’s Parents Who Had Been Indicted for Conspiracy and Lying About the Disappearance – Charges Subsequently Dropped by the Prosecution
‘20/20’ Airs Friday, March 16 (10:01 – 11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC
Twenty years ago, 5-month-old infant Sabrina Aisenberg disappeared from her crib and was never seen again. Her parents, Marlene and Steve, have searched tirelessly for their long-lost daughter and have never given up hope that one day she will return. Recently, two women who believe they may be Sabrina contacted Marlene online. Now their DNA is being tested to determine if one of them is the missing baby. ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts reports on the mystery and interviews Marlene and Steve, who at one point were the focus of the investigation only to see charges later dropped. “20/20” airs Friday, March 16 (10:01–11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
The hour includes details on one of the women who believes she may be Sabrina due to inconsistencies in her identity, including having no photos of herself before 5 months old and a social security number that matches that of a California woman. “20/20” features a tour of the Tampa-area home that Sabrina disappeared from and the bedroom that her parents have created for her in their Bethesda, Maryland, home in case they find her. The hour also includes interviews with Mary McDonald, a neighbor who discusses a lead that she says police never fully followed up on; the Aisenbergs’ legal team including lawyers Barry Cohen, Todd Foster and Steve Romine, and private investigator Kevin Kalwary; Sergeant Samuel Bailey III, the current point person for the Aisenberg investigation at the Hillsborough County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office; and Robert Lowery, vice president of the Missing Children Division at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
In November 1997, Marlene says she woke up to find the door from the laundry room to the garage open, and the garage door left up from the night before. She says she ran to her 5-month-old baby’s room and discovered Sabrina gone, while older children William and Monica were unharmed. After finding no signs of a break-in and noting odd behavior in the days following the disappearance, police quickly turned their attention to Marlene and Steve. In 1999, the couple was indicted on one count of conspiracy to make false statements and six counts of making false statements to law enforcement, all based in part on prosecutors’ claims that recordings from wiretaps inside their home featured incriminating statements from the couple about Sabrina’s death. However, when the tapes were played in court, a judge ruled that four of the 12 tapes he reviewed were unintelligible; and the rest contained statements of which detectives distorted the context of. The Aisenbergs have denied any involvement in Sabrina’s disappearance.
“20/20” is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. David Sloan is senior executive producer.