Late last night Stephanie Precourt reported that the parents of missing 10-month-old Lisa Irwin were no longer cooperating with police. Not more than an hour after police made that statement Lisa’s aunt, Ashley Irwin, made a statement saying the family has “never stopped cooperating with the police” and that “the main goal has always been to find Lisa and bring her home.”
Lisa Irwin was discovered missing at 4am Monday morning by her dad as he returned home from work. She had last been seen by her mother when she put the baby down to bed. Investigators have been working the case as abduction. Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley have consistently said that their daughter was taken from her crib in the middle of the night while Jeremy Irwin was working an overnight shift and Bradley was sleeping.
According to a NBC’s Peter Alexander, Lisa’s parents have also revealed new details about what happened the morning their daughter went missing. They say that when Irwin returned home from work Monday morning the front door was unlocked, a window was open, lights in the house were on. Additionally, the parents claim that along with their daughter, three cell phones were missing. This morning Irwin and Bradley appeared on the TODAY show to talk with Matt Lauer about their cooperation with police and a failed lie detector test.
When Lauer asked Irwin and Bradley if they are cooperating with police Deborah Bradley said, “We’ve been cooperating from day one and continue to assist the police in their investigation.”
Lauer asked why police said they stopped cooperating. Irwin told Lauer “We were at the station yesterday being interviewed again and I just reached my boiling point and I said I can’t do this any more today, I can’t answer any more questions and we asked to leave and the next thing we knew was the press conference.”
When asked if the interviewers were not nice Bradley responded thusly, “They were really nice yesterday but it wasn’t like that the first time and we understand that, we don’t have any hard feelings, we’re not mad, we know that this is what they have to do…”We don’t care what anyone says or things, we don’t care what they thing, our ocncern is to find lisa to bring her home, that’s what we want and I don’t care what we have to do to get that.”
Then why leave the police station in the middle of questioning?
Bradley also told Lauer she volunteered for a lie detector test. “They said that I failed and I continue to say that’s not possible. I don’t know where she’s at, I did not do this.”
Bradley says she was not told which question she failed, but she maintains it’s not possible. “What do you say when someone tells you that and you know you did not do anything.”
Jeremy says he hasn’t taken a polygraph because he hasn’t been asked to but says “he’s willing to do whatever it takes to bring his daughter home.” Except for answer questions at the police station?
My thoughts? Something is fishy. I hate to cast doubt on parents but stranger abductions like this are extremely rare and this couple just isn’t passing the smell test. Dad is behaving in a particularly weird fashion, don’t you think? If I had nothing to hide I would sit at the police station answering EVERY SINGLE QUESTION, strap me to a polygraph machine WHATEVER just to what you gotta do so you can rule me out and focus on finding my baby. These kinds of questions are part of the deal when a child goes missing and everyone knows that. So to say you “can’t answer any more questions” is bizarre.
Watch the interview from TODAY and tell me what you think:
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