Missing Missouri Baby
October 8, 2011 by staff
Missing Missouri Baby, FBI agents went a landfill in Kansas for the second time this week as the search for a missing 10-month-old Missouri girl entered its fourth day – and just hours after the boy’s mother said the police accused of being involved.
The agents and Kansas City police spent about two hours Friday in Deffenbaugh Industries landfill in the suburb of Shawnee, FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said. She would not discuss details but confirmed the activity was related to the search for Lisa Irwin, whose parents said was snatched from her crib in the middle of the night.
Patton said it was the second time the FBI had been in the landfill, the researchers also sought Tuesday – the same day that the girl was reported missing – and it was not uncommon to find an area several times. Police said officers also returned to the family home and used metal detectors to search for the patio.
Lisa’s mother, Deborah Bradley, said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that police said he failed a lie detector test and accused of involvement in the disappearance of her baby.
Bradley said the police never showed him the test results and denied knowing anything about what happened to her daughter. She and the father of Lisa, Jeremy Irwin, said her daughter was abducted late on Monday afternoon or sometime early Tuesday morning.
“They told me not (a polygraph),” said Bradley, 25,. “He continued saying it is not possible because I do not know where he is and he did not.”
Irwin, 28, said he also offered to do a test, but police said it was not necessary.
Kansas City police spokesman Steve Young refused to comment on whether the parents have been tested, citing the ongoing investigation.
The couple said police have treated as suspicious and Bradley, in particular, has been preparing for the possibility of charges. She said investigators told him: “.. ‘You did what you did and have nothing.”
Experts say that frustration is understandable, but that the police often focus on close relatives in these cases, partly because statistics show that children much younger and children are killed by a parent than a stranger.
“The suspicion often falls heavily on parents, especially young children,” said David Finkelhor, director of the Center for Crimes Against Children Research at the University of New Hampshire.
“For a parent who has been kidnapped stranger is true, this is devastating. You are dealing with the loss of a child, and the police are regarded as one of the main suspects,” Finkelhor said. “You can get that do not cooperate because the family feels mistreated by the police.”
Police said Lisa’s parents decided to stop cooperating with investigators late Thursday, but the couple released a statement saying it never stopped and reiterated on Friday her goal was “to bring Lisa home.”
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