Lisa Irwin: The Mother, The Witness, The Police And Barney The Dinosaur
The child’s parents, Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley, have held a press conference.
Bradley golds a purple Barney doll. He cries. He says: “We just want our baby back.”
The police have no suspects. The police have no clues.
The Huffinton Post: “Lisa Irwin Missing: Parents Of Missouri Baby Stop Cooperating”
At an evening news conference, Kansas City police spokesman Steve Young said Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley stopped cooperating with authorities Thursday. The couple had been working with police since the disappearance of their daughter, Lisa, who the parents say was snatched from her crib sometime late Monday or early Tuesday. “Tonight, they decided to stop talking to detectives, and I don’t have to illustrate how that affects the investigation. That speaks for itself,” Young said.
Doesn’t saying nothing say nothing?
Relatives of the couple later called their own news conference, where a sister of Irwin read a statement saying “we have never stopped cooperating with police. We’ve been cooperative from day one, and we continue to assist the police with the investigation”.
During a tearful news conference Thursday morning, Irwin and Bradley had described how they frantically searched their home for any sign of their daughter after her father came home from work early Tuesday and she wasn’t in her crib. They said they found an open window, an unlocked front door and house lights blazing, and later discovered that their three cellphones were gone.
It was 4am on Tuesday October 4 2011.
ABC: “Irwin said that this was the first night he had ever worked the overnight shift and Bradley said it was the first night she had ever left the door unlocked.”
“They told us three cellphones were missing. It hasn’t produced anything we can go forward with,” Young said. “The investigation is directed and handled by hard information.”
As it must be. Facts. It is all about facts.
Irwin said he immediately knew something was wrong when he returned home from work about 4 a.m. Tuesday. He checked on their other children, 6-year-old and 8-year-old boys, then went to Lisa’s room and discovered her gone. “I said, `What do you mean she is not in her crib?'” said Bradley, who had checked on her daughter about five hours earlier. “I just knew, you know, that something was really wrong. We ran around the house and screaming for her, but she was nowhere.”
What of the phones?
Bradley said that’s when they discovered the phones had been taken, guessing it was to delay them from calling police. As she hugged her crying sons, Bradley said, Irwin checked outside and eventually contacted police. “All I can think of is that maybe somebody wanted a baby,” she said.
Local News reports:
“She means everything to our two boys,” said Lisa’s mother Deborah Bradley as she fought back tears. “Everybody loves her, she’s really playful and very sweet. She’ll go to almost anyone.”
“We ran around the house screaming for her, and I said, ‘Call 911,” Bradley said. “And the phones weren’t on the counter where we left them.” Bradley said three cellphones were taken, one of which was not working.When asked how the couple were holding up, Bradley said she’s having a hard time sleeping. “I’ve had a couple hours sleep, but not much,” Bradley said. “Every time I close my eyes, I see her.” – KMBC
“They were crying and asking where [Lisa] was,” Bradley said through tears. “My 8-year-old, who’s usually really strong, he kind of fell apart. We call her Pumpkin Pie and he said, ‘Where’s Pumpkin Pie, Mom?’ And I couldn’t tell him. Please. She has a family who loves her very much,” Bradley cried. “Take her somewhere safe. Take her to a church, a hospital, a fire department. Just drop her off with somebody and then leave, no questions asked. We just want our baby back.”
Mother of missing Mo. baby Lisa Irwin says police accused her
Bradley explained that the police have treated them like suspects and that she in particular has been preparing for the possibility of charges being filed against her.
She said detectives told her: “You did it. You did it. And we have nothing.” – CBS
“From the start when they’ve questioned me, once I couldn’t fill in gaps, it turned into ‘You did it, you did it,'” Deborah Bradley told “Good Morning America.” “They took a picture down from the table and said, ‘Look at your baby! And do what’s right for her!’ I kept saying I don’t know … I just sat there. I didn’t even ask to leave. I just let them keep asking questions”…. The parents told “GMA” they have not ended their cooperation with police. “If they say they’re willing to continue speaking with detectives, I say great. Our door is open,” Police Capt. Steve Young told ABCNews.com this morning. “Their involvement in the case is the best thing for this case. Our only goal is to find this little girl.” – ABC
“Missing baby’s mother says failed lie detector test”
The mother of missing 10-month-old Lisa Irwin said on Friday police told her she flunked a lie detector test, but that she isn’t lying when she says she doesn’t know where the baby is. Lisa Irwin’s parents, Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley, appeared on network news shows “Good Morning America” and “The Today Show” on Friday as police continued to search for Lisa, last seen in her crib at her parents’ Kansas City home on Monday night. The parents denied they had stopped working with police. – Reuters
Can the TV help to find the child? Or does the TV just make stars of the parents? We look at the parents. We watch the parents. It’s show time:
On “The Today Show,” Bradley said police told her she failed a voluntary lie-detector test given by police. They said that I failed, and I continue to say that’s not possible because I don’t know where she’s at,” Bradley said. “I did not do this. They just kept saying I failed, I failed, and I said that’s not possible. What do you say when someone tells you that, and you know you didn’t do anything?”
Armchair detectives are being invited in to the case.
Irwin said he would take a lie detector test if asked.
Kansas City Police spokesman Steve Young said Thursday night that the couple had stopped talking to detectives. Irwin said Friday they were worn out from constant interrogation over the previous days.
“I just couldn’t take it anymore,” Irwin said on “Good Morning America” Friday. “I told them I had to have a break.” He said the couple is still doing everything possible to find Lisa.
Young did not give a police version of why the couple stopped cooperating. He had praised them in previous days for responding to all questions. He said Thursday night that Irwin and Bradley are not suspects and that police still don’t have a suspect.
Police intially suspected an intruder but have not yet determined the location of a forced entry. There was no information as to whether the child’s room included an operative baby monitor, Sgt. Stacey Graves told the Kansas City Star.
One neighbor interviewed said he had seen a man carrying a baby near the Irwin’s home at 2 a.m. Tuesday, but police spokesman Darin Snapp told MSNBC that lead “went nowhere.” – IBTimes
Earlier in the day, a cousin of the baby’s mother said Lisa’s parents have given police more than a dozen names as they try to think of potential suspects or people who paid especially close attention to the child.
“We’re scraping for anything, anyone who was at the house, who looked at her strange. Anything,” said Mike Lerette. – HuffPo
Ernie Allen of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said that infant abduction cases are relatively rare. There have been 278 documented cases in which newborns or infants have been abducted since 1983. – ABC
Neighbor Charles Rusher told ABCNews.com that he was shocked to hear that a crime may have been committed in the quiet neighborhood.
“I’ve lived here for over 50 years and this is probably the first time I’ve seen any crime here,” Rusher said. He was woken up at 5 a.m. by the sound of police officers knocking on his door. They were going door-to-door questioning neighbors and searching houses.