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Kansas City lawyer leaves missing baby case

October 28, 2011

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— The Kansas City lawyer for the family of a 10-month-old baby reported missing more than three weeks ago says she's no longer involved in the case.

Cyndy Short said in a brief statement Friday that she is not working as local counsel for the family of Lisa Irwin, whose parents reported her missing Oct. 4

The family's other attorney, Joe Tacopina of New York, did not immediately respond to phone or emails seeking comment about Short's involvement with the case.

Earlier Friday, police said Tacopina called investigators to say he wanted to reschedule a second round of questioning of the baby's older brothers until next week. Those interviews had been scheduled for Friday. Short earlier indicated those interviews would proceed.

Police say they have no suspects in Lisa's disappearance.

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Sigmund 2 years, 5 months ago

akt2 (anonymous) says… "What's the point of not allowing the siblings to be re-interviewed?"

Children, regardless of age, can be manipulated to say whatever the interviewer desires, as all of the Satanic Ritual Abuse cases and many of child day care abuse cases of the 1990's clearly demonstrated. Interviewers with preexisting beliefs often significantly influence the eventual testimony of children. For instance, when interviewers do not get an answer supporting their view of the facts they often repeat the question implying that answer is not acceptable and offer bribes of toys or acceptance from the interviewer if they will tell the "truth."

Eventually the child learns that the answer they are giving is not the one the interviewer wants and begin to change their answers in an effort to please or receive a reward. This effect has been demonstrated both when intentional and unintentional on the part of the interviewer and is so powerful that the children can come to themselves the newly constructed story.

The police have already interviewed all the siblings and if they didn't get what they needed the first time the 2nd or 200th interview will be significantly different and closer to interviewers belief than the first, but not more credible.

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senegal66025 2 years, 5 months ago

One thing to remember- that eight year old wont always be eight and there is no statute of limitations murder. If the kid saw something or heard something at some point he will be able to tell it whether step mom likes it or not.

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sad_lawrencian 2 years, 5 months ago

I still think the mother did it.

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akt2 2 years, 5 months ago

What's the point of not allowing the siblings to be re-interviewed? Or of the parents not wanting to be interviewed seperately? It's unfortunate if someone did abduct their baby. Because of the parent's dysfunction and inability to focus on the child instead of themselves, in all probability they won't find her. It's been almost a month and the parents are still squabbling over who and when an interview will take place. Ridiculus. If your baby turns up missing on your alcohol induced clock, you get to bear some responsibility.

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cheeseburger 2 years, 5 months ago

This case is getting more bizarre by the minute.

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blue73harley 2 years, 5 months ago

The local KC television news has been reporting that the NY lawyer booted her.

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Bruce Bertsch 2 years, 5 months ago

But remember, they are fully cooperating with police....RIGHT!

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