Archive for Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Police comb Kansas City home, yard of missing baby

October 19, 2011, 8:20 a.m. Updated October 19, 2011, 12:27 p.m.


— One of the most aggressive police searches yet of the home where a Kansas City infant went missing more than two weeks ago drew officers Wednesday armed with shovels, rakes and other tools who hauled off bags that appeared to be full of potential evidence.

Police refused to say what they found inside or outside the home belonging to Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley, who say an intruder snatched their baby daughter, Lisa, from her crib in the middle of the night as the mother and two other boys slept.

From shortly after sunrise through late afternoon, FBI agents and police officers joined in the search that began after a judge issued a warrant that prevented the parents from returning to the house while it was under way.

Officers headed to the back of the home with shovels, rakes and a ladder and could be seen digging behind a shed in the yard. Out front, investigators left the house carrying brown paper bags and clear plastic bags and took them to vehicles parked outside.

Police also brought in a bomb and arson truck to assist the search, though spokesman Capt. Steve Young said there were no indications of explosives in the house. Some bomb detection devices use X-ray technology to scan solid objects to reveal items concealed within. An AP reporter saw investigators carrying at least a dozen thin, black rectangular sheets away from the home during the afternoon.

Lisa Irwin was 10 months old on Oct. 4 when her parents reported her missing. Her father, an electrician, said he returned home from a late shift to discover the lights on, a window tampered with, the front door unlocked and Lisa gone. Bradley and Lisa’s two older brothers had been asleep elsewhere in the house. Bradley has admitted she drank heavily that night and may have blacked out.

Police, FBI agents, officers from area law enforcement agencies and the Missouri National Guard already have searched the family’s home, neighborhood, nearby wooded areas, a landfill and abandoned homes. Police have refused to discuss any evidence gathered in the searches, saying only that they remain without a suspect.

There was no indication the family has tried to block investigators’ access to their home, which already has been scoured by FBI agents with dogs.

The parents’ attorney, Joe Tacopina, said Wednesday that he welcomed the search, but “we want this to be done in good faith, not to match some predetermined conclusion.”

Earlier Wednesday, Tacopina questioned the need for a warrant.

“They can go in and out any time,” he said of police. “They have had unfettered access because we want answers.”

FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said Wednesday’s search was not based on any sort of tip. Authorities restricted media access, Patton said, because agents were using a procedure involving dogs that they didn’t want to be recorded. She declined to elaborate.

Young said all previous searches of the house have been conducted with the family’s consent. Wednesday’s warrant prevents anyone except those involved in the investigation from entering, meaning family members — who have returned home from time to time to collect clothes and other belongings — may not go back inside until the search is over. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the search would resume Thursday.

The Federal Aviation Administration established a no-fly zone over the search area effective until 5 p.m., agency spokesman Tony Molinaro said. He characterized the zone as a safety precaution and said it had been requested by law enforcement. Similar restrictions were introduced during a search of the area Tuesday.

Much attention has focused on a rash of recent TV interviews the parents have given in which Bradley admitted she had consumed several glasses of wine the night that Lisa disappeared. She also told NBC that she did not see the baby after putting her to bed at about 6:40 p.m. — roughly four hours earlier than the time she originally gave police. She didn’t explain the difference.

Tacopina has said Bradley’s candid words indicate the parents have nothing to hide.

Bradley has said she expects to be arrested in her baby’s disappearance.


mommy_n_me 6 years, 8 months ago

I think this dumb "witch" should get something, who drinks so heavily they dont know whats going on around them while being the ONLY parent home to care for the children, also, the boys had school, did she not care about their schooling?? Did she not even put her own sons to bed for school?? I think she harmed or sold that poor innocent little baby and so help her karmas gonna bite her!!! I have 3 children and NEVER ONCE have I drank while alone with my children!!!!! Its not safe or responsible!! I dont leave my windows open at nite, I make sure EVERYTHING is locked up tight I check on my children several times throughout the nite!! That mother doesnt even deserve to be called a mother!!

hurlingchunks 6 years, 8 months ago

What gives you the right to judge? .... Sister Bertha-Better-Than-You

rwwilly 6 years, 8 months ago

This doesn't look good for the Mom, that's for sure and I mean whether or not she really is complicit in any way. You have to start asking yourself at some point, "If the Mom was "drunk" which she basically admits to how did she manage to cover up a crime of this sort to this extent?" It almost defies logic a drunk mother could so sucessfully commit murder/manslaughter and then so completely "clean up" afterwards". Hell, state and federal authorities have been al over that place and NOTHING so far. Just saying.

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