New Leads Emerge in Baby Aisenberg Case

The attorney who represented the parents of Sabrina Aisenberg, the 5-month-old-baby who vanished from her Florida bedroom in 1997, says that police are trying to frame him by implying he conspired to dispose of the child's body.

"[Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office attorney Tony Peluso] is trying to say things about me and put me in the middle of this conspiracy to get rid of [Sabrina's] body," lawyer Barry Cohen told

In a news conference Monday, Cohen said that detectives had used jailhouse informants to try to unfairly link him to the Aisenberg case.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, which attended the conference, Cohen referred to sworn testimonies he says he took from police informant Dennis Byron and Scott Overbeck.

Cohen declined to provide with transcripts of the testimonies.

Cohen said that Byron told him that detectives placed him in a cell with Overbeck in hopes of finding out whether he or Cohen had played any part in the Aisenberg case, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

"Was there any discussion that they intended to bring me down or take me down, words to that effect?" Cohen asked, according to a transcript of the conversation obtained by the St. Petersburg Times.

"That all of you are going to go down," Byron responded, according to the paper. "That you were going to go down, that the Aisenbergs were going to go down and that Overbeck is going down."

Byron said it was clear to him that Cohen was a "prime target," according to the report.

The sheriff's office denies Cohen has ever been a target of the investigation.

Declining to comment directly to, the office released a statement regarding Cohen.

"[We] feel compelled to deny the implication that our investigation has ever viewed Mr. Barry Cohen as a subject, target, suspect or person of interest," the statement reads.

Cohen's charges against the sheriff's office came after the St. Petersburg Times on Sunday obtained excerpts from the sworn testimonies of Byron and Overbeck.

According the paper, Byron claims in the statement that Overbeck said that he had been told by Johnny Tranquillo, one of Cohen's investigators and an acquaintance of Overbeck's father, that they needed help disposing of baby Aisenberg's body.

Unable to talk from behind bars due to unrelated charges, according to legal documents obtained by, Byron's lawyer, John Traveno, spoke on behalf of his client.

Traveno told that during a conversation his client recorded, Overbrook says he "got the word from his dad to go get the boat with the dead baby in it from the Aisenberg's driveway and did it." Travena said his client claimed Overbeck then said they "chopped the baby up and disposed of it in crab traps in Tampa Bay."

According to Traveno, his client Byron was wired by authorities and transferred into a cell with Overbeck because they believed Overbeck knew details about the baby's disappearance because of his ties to Cohen's investigator, Tranquillo.

The St. Petersburg Times also reported that authorities have been seen recently combing the Valrico neighborhood where the Aisenberg baby went missing more than a decade ago.

Travena told that last fall, after the sheriff listened to his client Byron's conversations, that undercover detectives bought the alleged Aisenberg boat from Overbeck and still have it, leaving open a possibility of DNA testing.

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