Limberios family appeals to trustees, Baxter

Sandusky County special prosecutor plans to exhumed Jacob Limberios next week; family appeals for help.
Apr 25, 2013

Mike and Shannon Limberios have turned to Margaretta Township trustees and Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter hoping to stop Sandusky County special prosecutor Dean Henry from exhuming their son's body for a second time from a Castalia cemetery. 

They sent a letter to trustees, Baxter and the Ransom Funeral Home on Tuesday after a judge ruled that he could not stop Henry. 

"Dean Henry, the special prosecutor in the civil case, as well as the criminal case has stated that he has two medical experts who feel it is necessary for second autopsy. Yet he is unwilling to disclose who those experts are or why they feel it is necessary,"  Mike and Shannon Limberios wrote. "It seems as though Dean Henry is in charge of all decision, with no checks and balances. Who does Mr. Henry answer to?"

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The cemetery is owned by Margaretta Township and the Limberios family hopes local officials can stop Henry from digging up Jacob until he can show a second autopsy is necessary. 

The family contends Henry's role as both prosecutor and defense counsel is a conflict of interest that renders him unable to properly investigate Jacob Limberios' death on March 2, 2012.

Sandusky County officials also destroyed evidence, failed to retrieve evidence from the scene and refused previously to order an autopsy. They also have refused to test tissue samples from an autopsy the family contracted months after Jacob was killed.

Sandusky County sheriff's deputies also have conducted multiple interviews with multiple witnesses, in some instances commenting in great detail on the investigation but continuing to withhold public documents related to it.

Sandusky County judges Barbara Ansted and John Dewey appointed Henry as special prosecutor in February in an unusual ruling without a case number and with specific conflicts of their own. They have refused to clarify the appointment or take any action on the question of Henry's conflict, or their own.

Judges Ansted and Dewey also have declined to address an allegation that Sandusky County court administrator Brock Kimmet improperly met with a key witness during a break in a deposition of the witness in February. Limberios family attorney Dan McGookey contends the meeting was improper and Kimmet spoke with the witness about her testimony. 

Sandusky County officials have declined to ask for an independent investigation.



It's my understanding that Attorney McGookey on behalf of the Limberios family requested the two Sandusky Judges be removed and that was done. After a hearing lasting nearly two hours, visiting Judge Charles Wittenberg ruled that the exhumation could go forward. What makes anyone think that the Margeretta Township Trustees or Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter have any authority to stand in the way of a Court Order? What is the legal basis for such thinking? Why not simply appeal Judge Wittenberg's ruling to the Court of Appeals in Toledo? Finally, when are we going to see a Register article explaining the removal of the Sandusky County Judges and the appointment of Judge Wittenberg? Seems to be an important part of the story being overlooked by the Register. Of course, sloppy reporting is nothing new.

sandtown born a...

Sounds like some info that needs to be reported


Appeals cost a lot of money. How about you "jas" who claims to be an attorney help the Sandusky Register find the truth pro bono? It is your civic duty to do so.


@ Jas

Possibly try looking at this through the eyes of this mother and father who only want to know what really happen to their son?? I know that may be hard for such an "informed" person as yourself, but it seems to me that the family is begging for someone who matters to lend them a hand, because for now all they have is a bunch of us "nobodys" supporting them on here and on I said in my post, youre right about one thing, these "people" they are appealing to, wont do a thing, it may not be because they CANT, but that they WONT.....Instead of just admitting they messed this whole thing up, they choose to stick it to this poor family....class act they are...


While I applaud this families effort to appeal to the trustees and/or judges or prosecutors......fact is once you become one of these people, you have to check your soul at the door. They are people with their own agenda and the last thing they care about, is human compassion. If in fact there is a cover up here, then there is nothing anyone can say to stop this, especially when the "law" is on their side. Of course this is the laws THEY created, so how can it ever go against them. I cant say I have been following every second of this sad story, but I have heard and read enough to know that the Sheriff's Dept botched the investigation, this tissue that was taken from this poor child was not sent out to anyone and no one seems to know now just to show the family exactly how much power they have they decide to make them re-live their own personal Hell and exhume this child again. So, while I will continue to pray for this family and applaud their efforts, as well as, that of the Sandusky Register for keeping this story at the forefront, their appeals are falling on the hearts of those, who basically have no hearts...good luck to you!!