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FBI: Search for KC baby leads to Shawnee landfill

October 7, 2011, 2:26 p.m. Updated October 7, 2011, 5:26 p.m.

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Kansas City, Mo., police issued an Amber Alert for Lisa Irwin, an infant who disappeared from her Kansas City home overnight on Oct. 3.

Kansas City, Mo., police issued an Amber Alert for Lisa Irwin, an infant who disappeared from her Kansas City home overnight on Oct. 3.

FBI agents searched a Kansas landfill on Friday in connection with the disappearance of a 10-month-old Missouri girl, just hours after the child's mother said police accused her of being involved.

Agents and Kansas City police spent about two hours at the Deffenbaugh Industries landfill in the suburb of Shawnee, FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said. She wouldn't 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 at the landfill, which investigators also searched Tuesday — the same day the baby was reported missing — and it wasn't uncommon to search an area several times. Police said agents also went back to the family's home and used metal detectors to search the yard.

Lisa's mother, Deborah Bradley, said in an interview with The Associated Press earlier Thursday that police told her she failed a lie detector test and accused her of being involved in her baby's disappearance.

Bradley said police never showed her the test results and she denied knowing anything about what happened to her daughter. She and Lisa's father, Jeremy Irwin, said their daughter was abducted sometime late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

"They said I failed (a polygraph test)," Bradley, 25, said. "And I continued to say that's not possible because I don't know where she's at and I did not do this."

Irwin, 28, said he also offered to take a test but police told him it wasn't necessary.

Kansas City police spokesman Steve Young declined to comment on whether the parents have been tested, citing the ongoing investigation.

The couple said police have treated them like suspects and that Bradley in particular has been preparing for the possibility of charges. She said detectives told her: "'You did it. You did it. And we have nothing.'"

Experts said the frustration is understandable but that police often focus on close relatives in such cases, in part because statistics show that far more infants and young children are killed by a parent than a stranger.

"Suspicion almost always falls heavily on the parents, especially when it's young kids," said David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center based at the University of New Hampshire.

"For a parent who has been a victim of a true stranger abduction, this is devastating. You're dealing with the loss of a child, and police are considering you as one of the prime suspects," Finkelhor said. "You can get non-cooperative because the family is feeling mistreated by police."

Police said Lisa's parents decided to stop cooperating with investigators late Thursday, but the couple released a statement saying they never stopped and reiterated Friday their focus was "to bring Lisa home."

Bradley and Irwin, both dressed in jeans and sweatshirts, held hands and appeared close to tears several times during their 20-minute interview with AP.

"We need her. We have to have her. She's our link that ties everybody together," Irwin said.

Irwin, an electrician, said he returned from work around 4 a.m. Tuesday and discovered Lisa was missing. Bradley said she last checked on her daughter around 10:30 p.m., then fell asleep in her bed with her 6-year-old son and a stray kitten they found earlier in the day.

The parents said they frantically searched for Lisa but found only their front door unlocked, a window open and house lights blazing, lending credence to the theory that the baby may have been snatched by an intruder. They also said the family's three cellphones were missing, though police said that information provided no leads.

"The main problem I think that we're facing is that everybody (else) has an alibi," Irwin said. "I was at work. I've been cleared. All these other people we were worried about ... the FBI said they've been cleared. The only one you can't clear is the mother that's at home when it happens 'cause there's nobody else there."

Bradley said she understood why investigators would be looking closely at the family, especially her.

"You see stuff like this everywhere. You watch the TV, and there's some crazy person doing something insane. There's been too many times stuff has happened," she said. "They have to assume what's worst ... but it felt like it was taken really, really far."

Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, noted that most infants abducted by a stranger usually are eventually found alive but said investigators' seemed to be taking a normal approach as they search for Lisa.

"Part of what we train law enforcement chief executives around the country to do — it doesn't seem fair in a moment of crisis — you polygraph, interview and identify those closest to the child," Allen said. "You work a variety of scenarios and continue to pursue them until you can rule them out."

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atiopatioo 2 years, 6 months ago

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richh 2 years, 6 months ago

Almost a week, they still not find a baby yet. They searched over the place and ask so many questions to the parent, family and neighbors. What is about baby's parent's facebook? How many friends do they have? A lot? Do they know them? May be one of them knew that baby and steal her?

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jayhawkstalk 2 years, 6 months ago

It is awful and sad. Regarding the cell phones taken...if the dad was at work, why was his cell taken from the home? That part is not clear to me. And I hate that it ends up being the parents in most of these cases. Awful and horrible.

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 6 months ago

casey, I actually have some training in polygraphy.
you apparently have a little trouble with reading comprehension? "sounds" "seems" "who knows" all appeared in my comment. and there was most of all "reserve judgment."
now who looks stupid, eh?

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edjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm thinking that she died as a result of an accident, and the parents are trying to cover it up.

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Sagecasey 2 years, 6 months ago

---it is incredibly easy to fail a polygraph interview like this at a time of such stress.

it sounds as if because of the stats, the KC police might be putting too much weight on that polygraph interview, but who knows.

all of the actions I've seen of the Irwin/bradley couple seem reasonable for a couple in a stranger-abduction situation.

Bearded gnome, apparently, you are a crime expert also, so shut it\

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 6 months ago

okay, now walleyed-wilbur is a crime expert. good to know!

Designdiva, he just makes a lotta noise.

three cell phones isn't so unusual nowadays. especially if one of the boys had one. yes, ten year olds have cells.

I am sure there are facts the pd, and maybe the parents, have which are not being released to the public.

we all need to reserve judgment, and put ourselves into the shoes of Irwin/Bradley.

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 6 months ago

"They said I failed (a polygraph test)," Bradley, 25, said. "And I continued to say that's not possible because I don't know where she's at and I did not do this."

---it is incredibly easy to fail a polygraph interview like this at a time of such stress.

it sounds as if because of the stats, the KC police might be putting too much weight on that polygraph interview, but who knows.

all of the actions I've seen of the Irwin/bradley couple seem reasonable for a couple in a stranger-abduction situation.

most of all I just pray for Lisa's safe return! couple

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writeon 2 years, 6 months ago

This thing is totally disgusting. Is this a "spill-over" from the Kasey-Killer" trial for a woman who wants some attention? Kopy-Kat-Kasey-Killer? Please don't give me crap for this, people; there are tons of "sickos" out there. If you don't remember Susan Smith's murder of her two little boys a dozen years or so ago, check it out. She even tried to make it a racial thing, when in fact she was trying to shed her children so that she could marry her wealthy lover.Two beautiful little boys drowned to death at the hand of their mother, out of nothing but lust and greed.

We'll see how this spins out.

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designdiva 2 years, 6 months ago

WTF does it matter who the father of the "boys" is. Are you that stereotypical of others that whether the boys have a different father than Lisa makes any difference? Did the boys' father do this? Jealous of a 10 month old child? Why don't you just come right out and say what you want to say?

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Christine Anderson 2 years, 6 months ago

Poor little baby. I have a really bad feeling about the parents right now, but if they are innocent, still, someone has indeed done something horrible to this precious little lady. I just want to see the person(s) caught and convicted!!

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LawrenceRez 2 years, 6 months ago

Its amazing how many people post questions that are clearly answered... You need to go to kctv5.com and watch all of the videos....

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its_just_math 2 years, 6 months ago

And Fox News was showing the landfill scene which I can ID just by an arial photo as "Johnson County MO".....what idiots those FNC people are.

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ifuonlyknew 2 years, 6 months ago

I hope they find baby Lisa. This story is soooo sad.

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 6 months ago

What's the scoop on the fatherof the boys? Is Irwin their father? Why would three cell phones be needed and of course, they are gone wich would reveal calls made. It is really strange that two people need 3 cell phones?

What mother leaves a house unlocked with three children? . Why wasn't the baby in the same room with the mother? 6 year old in bed with mom and baby alone and the other boy, where was he? What was he doing? He could have opened the door maybe to someone he knew?

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guess_again 2 years, 6 months ago

Oh Nancy......... Nancy Graceeee....... Are you finished farting on the dance floor??? Here is some new fodder for your teeeveee show.........

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Floyd Craig 2 years, 6 months ago

whats very odd is it was told that the baby wasnt in her room sleeping but another room and the window unlockd ??????????? theres a stop right there why was she moved to another room why wasnt the window lockd how did the perp know she was in a different room think about it if the kid is gone or hate to say it but dead then mom can party while the guy works and no baby sitter to worry about or to tell the ol man she went out with some guy ( s) to maybn things happen like the ones that happend in lawrence the guy on west 24th did his wife in the guy from manhaton did his x and so on think about it

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lostintranslation 2 years, 6 months ago

The description of the baby states that she is 30" and approximately 28#. Wouldn't this make her easily identifiable as she would be obese?

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rodentgirl16 2 years, 6 months ago

This is so bizarre. I really don't want to believe that the parents have a hand in it, but nothing surprises me anymore. On the other hand, I wonder if they are putting the parents, namely the mother, through this to lull the kidnapper into a false sense of security? If this was someone who wanted a baby, maybe thinking that the police are focusing on the mother will draw them into public where someone would be more likely to see the baby. I know that's probably too CSI or Criminal Minds or some other stupid crime drama. It's just so sad to think of someone hurting this baby girl.

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cheeseburger 2 years, 6 months ago

I've had an uneasy feeling about this case from the get-go. Mom's tears looked fake to me. I won't be terribly surprised if it turns out the 'parents' are involved.

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moot 2 years, 6 months ago

couldn't they have found a better picture of the baby?

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