Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Lisa Irwin's mother preparing to be arrested, aunt tells Good Morning America

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 7:48 AM

The search for baby Lisa led police to a Festival Foods store.
  • The search for baby Lisa led police to a Festival Foods store.
The story of missing 11-month-old Lisa Irwin took another strange turn this morning. Lisa's aunt, Ashley Irwin, told Good Morning America that the missing baby's mother, Deborah Bradley, was preparing to be arrested.

Ashley Irwin called Bradley's arrest "inevitable" because, "It's what the police do. They don't have any leads, so they have to pin it on somebody."

So here we are a week since baby Lisa's disappearance, and the family is once again at odds with police. The Kansas City police disputed Ashley Irwin's claim.

"It's an absurd notion," Capt. Steve Young told Good Morning America. "We're not offended by it because it's so far from reality. We're under pressure to find a child. We're not under pressure to pin this on anybody or wrap it up and make an arrest."

In the interview, Ashley Irwin said she has no doubt that Bradley and Jeremy Irwin are innocent.

"Anybody who spends any time with them, you know it's not true. She's genuine — she loves that child," Ashley Irwin told GMA. "It's her baby … she would never do anything to hurt her."

Last Thursday, police said baby Lisa's parents quit cooperating with their investigation. Bradley told the national news that police had blamed her and claimed that she failed a lie-detector test. However, the parents began meeting with police again on Saturday.

A Clay County grand jury has subpoenaed footage from Fox 4, KSHB, KCTV5 and KMBC, seeking "footage of any interviews … given by neighbors, family or friends of the family."

Fox 4 reported that police found a receipt from the Festival Foods grocery store at Interstate 35 and Chouteau Trafficway. Detectives requested to see surveillance video, which Fox 4 reported showed Bradley and an unidentified man buying a box of wine, paper plates and napkins. It was recorded around 5 p.m. last Monday, about five hours before Bradley told police that she put baby Lisa to bed.

After seeing the video, authorities searched a fence line near the Irwin home but came up empty, Fox 4 reported.

Baby Lisa hasn't been seen since she was in her crib last Monday night around 10:30. Police believe she was abducted from her home at 3620 North Lister, possibly by someone who entered the home through an unlocked bedroom window, between 10:30 p.m. Monday and 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Lisa is described as having blue eyes and blond hair. She is 30 inches tall and weighs about 30 pounds. She was last seen wearing purple shorts and a purple shirt with kittens on it.

Lisa has two bottom teeth, a small bug bite under her left ear and a birthmark on her right outer thigh. She also has a cough with a cold.

If you have information about her whereabouts, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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