KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) — The case of missing Missouri baby Lisa Irwin appears to be turning into a case of “he said, she said” between police and attorneys, including whether the cadaver dog hit on human decomposition in the baby’s parents’ bedroom is cause for concern.
Baby Lisa’s parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, consented to a search of their home Mon., Oct. 17. It was during that search that the cadaver dog hit on Bradley’s bedroom floor.
This, among other findings mentioned in a police affidavit filed last week, prompted police to request a warrant for a more “extensive, intrusive” search of the Irwin/Bradley home, which a judge granted last Tuesday, prompting Wednesday’s search.
The parents’ lawyers have downplayed the cadaver dog hit. Their local attorney, Cynthia Short, said the finding could be erroneous and something that may have been in the house for years, and their high-profile New York lawyer Joe Tacopina said in one breath that cadaver dogs are trained to hit on the scent of a dead body, and then said that the dog could have hit on fecal matter from a dirty diaper or even toenail clippings.
Tacopina’s statements were confusing to many who don’t understand the work of cadaver dogs and the science of human decomposition.
To hear what the experts are saying, and for more on Tacopina’s interview with The Today Show, read: Baby Lisa Irwin: Cadaver dog hit – significant or insignificant?
Lawyers accused of putting ‘spin’ on story – police accused of tunnel-vision
Baby Lisa’s parents, especially her mother, have been scrutinized and even accused of having something to do with their daughter’s disappearance.
High-profile defense lawyers have long-been accused of putting a spin on cases when they want to sway public opinion – people say they fear that’s happening in Baby Lisa’s case.
And while the attorneys are being accused of putting a spin on the case, police are accused, publicly by the parents’ attorneys, of putting too much of their focus on the parents, of ‘parading’ a rolled up carpet during a search for show, of not removing enough items from the home during their extensive search last Wednesday, the list goes on.
The question was raised:
Did detectives, seen carrying rolled carpet toward the back of the N. Lister Avenue property, do so to avoid media from seeing them removing evidence from the home and property?
Police had requested media not photograph or video items removed from the Irwin/Bradley home and property during recent searches.
When asked about the cadaver dog hit and the issue of why carpet wasn’t removed from the bedroom, Kansas City Police spokesman Capt. Steve Young said in an email Monday that he’s unable to comment on what was done during the search warrant.
When high-profile defense attorneys attack police, they can’t fire back an explanation. In this case, police aren’t able to discuss any aspect of the search warrant so they can’t tell the public why agents came out with rolled carpet and then headed toward the back of the house, why it appears they didn’t take sampes of carpet from the parents’ bedroom, or a miriad of other issues that come up as new information is thrown at them daily.
The question arose, how do we know the carpet in the parents’ bedroom seen on the video is the same carpet that was on the floor the night the baby vanished?
People are saying that the fact police can’t answer these types of questions is frustrating and provides the perfect platform for defense lawyers to ‘spin’ their case and sway public opinion.
Family, friends, and supporters of victims of crime are often left frustrated at the lack of information that can be released by police. It may help to remember that if police reveal their strategies and findings during an investigation, it could hinder their investigation to the point of not being able to solve their case.
Something everyone can agree on
At the end of the day there is one thing that is certain – one thing that police, attorneys, the baby’s family, friends, supporters, and the public can all agree on:
Baby Lisa, a beautiful and innocent now 11-month-old baby is missing and regardless of what happened, she needs to be found.
Contact the TIP Hotline
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the TIP Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.
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