FBI searches Kansas landfill for missing Missouri 10-month-old
KANSAS CITY, Mo- FBI agents searched a Kansas landfill yesterday in the disappearance of a 10-month-old Missouri girl, whose parents said was snatched from her crib three days ago.
FBI agents and Kansas City police were searching the Deffenbaugh Industries landfill in the suburb of Shawnee, FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said. She declined to discuss details.
She said it was the second time the agency had been at the landfill, which investigators also searched Tuesday - the same day Lisa Irwin was reported missing - and that it was not uncommon to search an area several times.
Deffenbaugh Industries spokesman Tom Coffman said authorities arrived at the landfill about noon and stayed for about two hours. He said investigators searched a 20- to 30-acre area.
The search came just hours after Lisa’s mother, Deborah Bradley, said that police told her she failed a lie detector test and accused her of being involved in her baby’s disappearance.
Bradley said police never showed her the results of the test and denied knowing anything about what happened to her daughter. She and Lisa’s father, Jeremy Irwin, said their daughter was abducted late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
Irwin, 28, said he also offered to take a test but police said it was not necessary.
Bradley and Irwin held hands and appeared close to tears several times during the 20-minute interview. They reiterated that their main focus was “to bring Lisa home.’’
“We need her. We have to have her. She’s our link that ties everybody together,’’ Irwin said.
They said police have treated them like suspects and that Bradley in particular has been preparing for the possibility of charges being filed against her. The mother said detectives told her: “You did it. You did it. And we have nothing.’ ’’
Irwin, an electrician, said he returned from work about 4 a.m. Tuesday and discovered Lisa was missing. Bradley said she last checked on the child about 10:30 p.m., then fell asleep with her 6-year-old son.
The parents said they frantically searched for Lisa but found only their front door unlocked, a window open, and house lights blazing.
“The main problem I think that we’re facing is that everybody [else] has an alibi,’’ Irwin said.