Missing, Baby Lisa: Parents

Parents Under Suspicion
Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin say they last saw their 10-month-old daughter, Lisa, the night of October 3, 2011, as she slept in her crib. When they went to check on her in the middle of the night, she was gone. As they attempted to call the police, they say they noticed that their cell phones were missing as well.

Police searched for Lisa for three days, but no solid leads developed. Two weeks after her daughter's disappearance, Deborah dropped what some say was a bombshell: she admitted to being drunk the night Lisa vanished.

A news reporter asked Deborah, “A lot of people are going to say, ‘Deborah, you were drunk that night. Is there any chance you did anything that hurt your daughter that you’re just not telling us?’”

“No, no, no,” Deborah said adamantly. “If I thought there was a chance, I’d say it. No. No. I don’t think that alcohol changes a person enough to do something like that.”

Police report that Deborah and Jeremy are no longer cooperating with them. The parents maintain that they had nothing to do with the disappearance of their little girl.

Deborah and Jeremy, along with their attorney, Joe Tacopina, join Dr. Phil via satellite from New York. He asks Deborah why they haven’t spoken to the media in the past 90 days.

[AD]“We wanted them to be able to investigate, things to quiet down, have some leads looked into, and then, when we were ready to, if [the leads] were going to be exhausted or nothing came of them, then we would start doing media again,” she explains.

“During that time, did anything come up that has shed new light?” Dr. Phil asks.

“Yes, but I’m not going to speak about it,” she replies.

Joe shares new information about a potential lead in the case.
Dr. Phil asks Jeremy, “What’s your theory about what happened here?”

“All I know is that someone came into our house and took her for some reason,” he says. “She’s still out there somewhere.”

“How is the community treating you two as a couple at this point?” Dr. Phil asks.

“There are a lot of people who are coming forward, helping, supporting,” he says. “There are also a lot of people out there who don’t have a lot of information and make ridiculous accusations.”

Dr. Phil says that it’s been reported that the police want to interview Deborah and Jeremy separately. He asks them if the interviews have taken place.

Joe responds, “Not only has it happened, it’s happened repeatedly, five times. We’ve totaled it, and it’s about 40 hours of interviews, both separate and apart. They’ve asked every question twice and three times. They have no other information, and they’ve repeatedly given the same information to authorities.” He adds that they're working with the FBI and local law enforcement.

Dr. Phil asks Deborah and Jeremy, “Do y’all feel that you’ve gotten a fair shake from the Kansas City Police Department?”

[AD]“No, I don’t,” Deborah says, with tears rolling down her face. “There’s nothing but misinformation out there. That’s all there is. There are nothing but theories and accusations. There are just people making outright lies … It just became a circus, and it’s not a joke. It is not a circus. It’s not a game. This is my baby!”

Dr. Phil tells them that he is interested in clearing up the rumors. “That’s nothing but distraction,” he says. “If they’re going down the wrong road, then that means they’re not going down the right road. What we want is to find this precious child.”