Cops: Missing Baby's Parents Have Stopped Cooperating

Irwin family insists they are working with police to find missing daughter
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2011 1:01 AM CDT
Cops: Parents of Missing Baby Lisa Irwin Have Stopped Cooperating
The parents of missing 10-month old Lisa Irwin, Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley, speak during a news conference in Kansas City yesterday.   (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Mike Ransdell)

(Newser) – 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.

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"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. (Read more missing baby stories.)

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