Police say the parents of a baby girl who vanished from her crib in Kansas City early this week have stopped cooperating with investigators—but family members firmly deny that claim. "Tonight, they decided to stop talking to detectives, and I don't have to illustrate how that affects the investigation," a police captain told reporters yesterday. "That speaks for itself." The parents, Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley, are not considered suspects in the disappearance of their 10-month-old daughter, Lisa, he said.
"We have never stopped cooperating with police," a relative said after the police statement. "We've been cooperative from day one, and we continue to assist the police with the investigation." Earlier yesterday, Lisa's father described how he returned home from work late at night to find his daughter gone and the family's cell phones missing. Her mother begged the mystery abductor to leave the baby somewhere safe. Police have scoured the area, but they say they have done all they can "regarding geographic searches," and are shutting down the command post near the family's home.