Investigators broaden search for 10-month-old baby girl
Thu, 06 Oct 2011 22:29:29 GMT — Update: Monday, October 10 at 10:40 a.m.: Several detectives have returned to the Kansas City home where a 10-month-old girl was last reported seen nearly a week ago.The detectives spent more than an hour inside the home Monday. They also searched among bushes along a fence at the back of the house near the garage. But they did not appear to find anything.Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley reported their daughter, Lisa Irwin, missing early Tuesday after Jeremy Irwin returned from a late shift at work. Police have said they have chased down scores of leads, but so far have no suspects.Also Monday, detectives questioned neighbors on a busy street about three blocks from the family's home, and several patrol cars were also seen in the neighborhood.Detectives also searched foliage at a nearby home. Update: Monday, October 10 at 10:40 a.m.: KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Police are offering few details about an investigation into the disappearance of a 10-month-old baby from her Kansas City home, as the hunt for Lisa Irwin enters its seventh day. Kansas City police spokesman Steve Young said Monday that detectives are pursuing leads but are "at the mercy of the next good idea." Lisa's parents reported her missing Tuesday morning after the father returned home from work. They say someone crept into their home when the mother and their two sons were sleeping and snatched the baby girl. Lisa's parents said a window was tampered with the night she disappeared and investigators crawled through a window at the house several times Sunday. The family's home was dark Monday and no police or investigators were apparent in the area. Update: Saturday, October 8 at 1:15 p.m.: Experts say there's a good chance a missing Kansas City baby is alive if a stranger kidnapped her.But statistics suggest a bleaker outcome if parents are involved in such cases.Dan Finkelhor of the Crimes Against Children Research Center says it's rare for strangers to kidnap infants. But when they do, it's often because they want a child of their own, not because they intend to hurt the child.He says investigators often focus on close relatives when an infant goes missing, in part because statistics show that far more babies are killed by a parent than a stranger.The parents of 10-month-old Lisa Irwin reported her missing Tuesday, saying she was snatched from her crib overnight. Her mother says police suggested she was involved, which she strongly denies. Update: Friday, October 7th at 2:15 p.m.:
FBI: Agents search are searching a Kansas landfill in connection with missing 10-month-old Missouri girl. News outlets in Kansas City are reporting the agents are in Johnson County, Kan. with officers and agents searching.KCTV is reporting this is the second time this week the landfill has been searched. Agents would not tell KCTV what, if anything, was found during the landfill search. Update: Friday, October 7th at 8:10 a.m.:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The mother of a 10-month-old girl who disappeared from their Kansas City home says police told her she failed a lie detector test.
Twenty-five-year-old Deborah Bradley told The Associated Press Friday that she took the polygraph earlier this week after her baby, Lisa Irwin, went missing late Monday or early Tuesday.
Bradley says police told her she failed the test. She says they didn't show her any paperwork verifying the results.
Bradley says she told police that it was not possible and that she doesn't know where Lisa is.
Kansas City police spokesman Steve Young has declined to comment on any polygraph tests, citing the ongoing investigation.
Lisa's father, Jeremy Irwin, says he has offered to take a lie detector test, but that police say that's not necessary.
This comes as police said Lisa TMs parents are no longer cooperating with authorities.
Police Captain Steve Young said investigators have no suspects and few solid leads despite an intensive search for the baby.Authorities said they're shutting down the command post about a mile from the family home. The parents say Lisa was snatched from her crib sometime late Monday or early Tuesday. The parents disputed police assertions that they've stopped cooperating with investigators.Relatives of the parents called a news conference last night after police announced the couple had stopped talking to detectives.An aunt to baby Lisa TMs maintained that the infant's parents are cooperating with police when she read a statement from Lisa TMs parents.
The parents are expected to say more today.Updated at 7:51 pm, Thursday, October 6th: Police say the parents of a missing 10-month-old Missouri girl are no longer cooperating with authorities. Kansas City police spokesman Steve Young said Thursday night that Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin have decided to stop talking to detectives. He didn't provide details. But he did say the couple's claim that their cellphones were stolen hasn't produced any leads that investigators could pursue. Young says police still have no suspects in the disappearance of their daughter, Lisa Irwin. Her parents say she was snatched from her crib sometime late Monday or early Tuesday. During a tearful news conference earlier Thursday, her parents described how they frantically searched their home for any sign of their daughter but found only an open window, an unlocked front door and house lights blazing.
Search crews expanded the search area for a missing Missouri baby. Ten-month-old Lisa Irwin disappeared from her crib overnight Monday. Kansas City Police canceled the Amber Alert after 12 hours, saying that's standard procedure.
Now the baby's parents are speaking out as investigators broaden their search and as frustration looms over investigators as they approach the fourth day. "We're doing everything we can and everything we've thought of we've probably done two or three times at this point," said Kansas City, Mo. Police Department Captain Steve Young.
Crews have extended their search to a nearby heavily wooded area, an industrial park and the sewers.
One of the searchers told a reporter to leave the area and refused to comment on the investigation. Others lifted sewer drain covers and looked inside.
Overnight Wednesday police held checkpoints in the neighborhood searching for anyone with clues as to what could have happened to Lisa. "The only thing we know absolutely is that there should have been a 10-month-old in that house and there isn't and we're doing everything we can to find that child," Young said.
Thursday morning baby Lisa TMs parents described the moments when they realized their baby was gone. "I woke up and he came home and he said 'she's not in her crib', and he said 'she's not in her crib' and I just knew, ya know, that something was really wrong and we just ran around the house screaming for her and she was no where and I said 'call 911, call 911' and he said 'where are the phones?' and they weren TMt on the counter where I left them, they were gone," said Lisa TMs mother Deborah Bradley.
Irwin's parents have carried their daughters favorite stuffed toy, a Barney doll, with them as they search. "This is her Barney that she sleeps with every night, sometimes she won't go to sleep without it, so we would like to have her back so she can have her Barney and her family, her brothers, we just, we need her home," said Lisa TMs father Jeremy Irwin.
"She's everything, she's our little girl, she's completed our family and she means everything to our boys and we need her home, I can't be without her," Bradley said.
As the parents pleaded for their daughter's safe return, nearly 300 law officers searched with helicopters, all-terrain vehicles and door-to-door interviews coming up empty handed. People at the scene said the search Thursday was much more intense.
Investigators said Lisa TMs parents are cooperating, but they have not ruled anyone out as being involved in Lisa TMs disappearance.