The man who killed the mother of his 10-month-old son in Delta early Tuesday, then fled with the boy’s grandmother, was likely to be extradited Wednesday from Indiana back to Fulton County.
Sheriff Roy Miller said agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation were in Rochester, Ind., waiting to escort James Ramey, 27, back to Ohio following a court hearing to determine whether he would be extradited.
Locally, a warrant was issued Tuesday for Ramey’s arrest on a charge of aggravated murder in the death of his son’s mother, Amanda Mangas, 23, of the 900 block of Fernwood Ave. in Delta. Bond was set at $1 million.
He had been held at the Fulton County, Ind., Sheriff’s Office since being taken by a deputy during a traffic stop Tuesday in that county.
Fulton County, Ind., Sheriff Chris Sailors said the deputy, acting on the Amber Alert issued for Ramey’s 10-month-old son, Winston, stopped Ramey’s black 2006 Town and Country van at approximately 10 a.m. as it drove southbound on U.S. 31 near Fulton County Road 100 N. Ramey, who was accompanied by Winston and the boy’s grandmother, Deborah Mangas, was taken into custody without incident.
Winston Ramey was placed in protective custody by the State of Indiana Division of Child Services until family members arrived to escort him and Mangas back to Ohio. Neither suffered injuries.
Delta Police Chief Nathan Hartsock said police and a rescue crew responded to a call of a gunshot victim at the Fernwood Avenue home Tuesday at approximately 5:10 a.m. They discovered forced entry, and found Amanda Mangas suffering a gunshot wound to the chest.
She was treated at the scene, then transported to the University of Toledo Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Information at the scene indicated Mangas’s and Ramey’s son was missing, and that Ramey was a suspect in the incident. Deborah Mangas, who lives at the house, was also missing, and police suspected she had unwillingly accompanied Ramey.
Ramey has a case pending in Eastern District Court for a violation of a protection order issued from Lucas County involving Amanda Mangas and the child. He is scheduled for an arraignment in that case March 23.
Authorities responding to the case included the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, the Wauseon and Swanton police departments, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Indiana State Police, the Fulton County, Ind., Sheriff’s Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.