Mother murdered, child and grandmother found safe following abduction

Published: Mar. 14, 2017 at 7:41 AM EDT
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Tragedy hit the small town of Delta on Tuesday where a mother was shot and killed and her 10-month-old son and his step-grandmother were abducted.

Delta police said the child’s father, James Ramey, 27, murdered his ex-girlfriend then took off with their child, Winston Ramey, and the child's step-grandmother, Deborah Mangas. After issuing an Amber Alert, all three were found in Rochester, Indiana hours after the shooting was first reported by neighbors before dawn.

Police said Amanda Mangas, 23, was shot inside her father’s home on Fernwood. She later died from her injuries. Her family said her last words were asking about Winston.

With tears in his eyes, Amanda’s father, Mike Mangas said “my only child’s dead” adding that he told police to “catch him before I do.” Indiana police arrested him without incident and the infant and step-grandmother who were with him were not injured.

Police said the suspect kicked in the door at the home where Amanda, Deborah, and the baby, Winston lived about 5:00am Tuesday. They said Ramey then shot the mother of his son, and took the baby and Amanda’s step-mother.

Court records show that Amanda recently had requested a protection order against Ramey and police said she started dating someone else.

For several hours no one was able to reach Ramey during a manhunt. He was considered armed and dangerous.

According to court records found by 13abc, Ramey has a current case in Fulton County Common Pleas Court with a charge of violating a temporary protection order. Arraignment for that charge was scheduled for March 23.

Now, Ramey faces extradition from Indiana to face multiple charges in Ohio. Police said they believe Ramey may have been headed to the Chicago area where he has family members.

Amanda was well known in Delta. She worked as a server at Delta 109. Before that, Amanda worked in Marion at Bob Evan's.