'Where's Winston?' Mother's dying breaths spark police hunt for her baby, her killer

An Ohio mother's dying words Tuesday morning led authorities to launch a multi-state search for her infant son and the child's father. Police eventually took the young father into custody and their abducted infant was later found safe.

Police arrived at the home of Amanda Mangas in Delta to find the 23-year-old mother in severe condition after suffering a gunshot to the chest, Delta Police Chief Nathan Hartsock said during told WTOL later Tuesday.

It was then that Mangas asked one of the sergeants, "Where's Winston?" -- referring to her 10-month-old son.

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Mangas also provided police with the name of Winston's father, James Ramey, whom she had filed a protective order against recently, police said.

"Her first thought was of her 10-month-old child, which led us to believe the child was not there," Hartsock told the local CBS affiliate. "We did search the house, and she did give us the name of Mr. Ramey."

Mangas was pronounced dead shortly after she was rushed to the hospital.

Police issued an Amber Alert to find her son. Authorities were led to arrest James Ramey after he had reportedly made a traffic stop in Fulton County, Indiana, which was nearly 150 miles away from the residence in which Mangas had been murdered.

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Baby Winston was found in his Ramey's vehicle along with Mangas' stepmother, who authorities believe was also abducted against her will.

Police say Ramey was believed to be headed to the nearest place he had family, Chicago, Illinois.

Ramey has since been charged with aggravated murder in the Fulton County jail and is set to face additional charges later.

Last month, Ramey was reportedly charged with aggravated menacing after threatening to kill Mangas with a knife if she ended their relationship. Ramey was also accused of violating the protective order Mangas filed last month after attempting to contact her via social media, WTOL reports.

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