KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) — On Tuesday it was reported that a grand jury, that had subpoenaed media records from several news agencies, will meet next week to review the case of missing baby Lisa Irwin.
The baby’s mother, Deborah “Debbi” Bradley, says she’s preparing for her arrest. The baby’s aunt, Ashley Irwin, says Debbi would never harm her baby.
Lisa’s parents, Debbi and Jeremy Irwin, say Lisa was abducted from her home at 3620 North Lister sometime between 10:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. Monday night or Tuesday morning, October 3 or 4.
Debbi said the last time she saw Lisa was when she put her to bed at 10:30 p.m. Jeremy claims he realized Lisa was missing shortly after returning home around 4 a.m. from an overnight shift as an electrician.
A Clay County grand jury has subpoenaed footage from Fox 4 News, KSHB, KCTV5, and KMBC seeking “footage of any interviews … given by neighbors, family, or friends of the family.”
A move some experts say is somewhat of a shock since Lisa’s only been missing for a week.
The grand jury is scheduled to meet October 18 to review the case.
Change in public opinion
The missing baby’s case has garnered national media attention. During the first few days of Lisa’s disappearance her parents received much public support, but as the days passed their actions and their lives were put under a microscope.
The public, in large part, shifted their thinking that baby Lisa was abducted by a stranger to now believing the couple either had something to do with Lisa’s disappearance, or that they know what happened to her.
This occurred in large part when police announced Thursday that the couple had stopped cooperating with their investigation.
Debbi told national media police blamed her for Lisa’s disappearance. She said she voluntarily took a polygraph test last week and was told by police she failed.
Debbi said she and Jeremy were interrogated for hours and were tired. They said they needed a break, and that they believe police misconstrued that into thinking they didn’t want to cooperate with them.
On Saturday police reached out to the couple saying their cooperation was in the best interest of finding their daughter. By Saturday afternoon the couple was sitting down again with police.
Fox 4 News reported Tuesday that police were back at the Irwin home conducting another search. That search was sparred by a store receipt found by police during one of their searches.
The receipt led police to a Festival Foods store where they reviewed surveillance video showing Debbi walking into the store with an unidentified man, shopping, purchasing a box of wine and other miscellaneous items, and leaving the store together.
The manager confirmed with this National Missing Persons news writer Tuesday afternoon that the incident took place at around 5 p.m. October, 3, about five hours before Debbi says she last say her baby. He also said the man with Debbi appeared to be around 20 years old.
While there could be cause for concern, this could have also been an innocent shopping trip with a friend or family member.
On Tuesday police also searched a well at an abandoned house owned by the city. The house was demolished later that day because it was deemed unsafe.
Debbi prepares for arrest, baby’s aunt comes to her defense
On Tuesday Ashley Irwin told Good Morning America that Debbi is preparing to be arrested. Ashley said Debbi’s arrest is inevitable because “it’s what police do. They don’t have any leads, so they have to pin it on somebody.”
There are a number of active and high-profile missing persons’ cases where police have yet to make an arrest. Some of those cases are months and years old.
Kansas City Police Captain Steve Young told GMA, “It’s an absurd notion. We’re not offended by it because it’s so far from reality. We’re under pressure to find a child. We’re not under pressure to pin this on anybody or wrap it up and make an arrest.”
Ashley believes Debby and Jeremy are innocent. “Anybody who spends any time with them, you know it’s not true. She’s genuine – she loves that child. It’s her baby, she would never do anything to hurt her.”
When discussing Debbi’s belief she will be arrested soon, Ashley said, “She doesn’t care what happens to her, she doesn’t care what people say about her, she doesn’t care what people think about her, all she cares about it getting Lisa home,” The Daily Mail reports.
Lisa is described as:
Lisa is described as a white, blonde hair, blue eyed baby girl.
She is 30 inches tall and was last seen wearing purple shorts and a purple shirt with kittens on it.
Lisa has two bottom teeth, a small bug bite under her left ear, and a beauty mark on her right outer thigh. She had a cold and cough before she went missing.
It is important to note that if Lisa was kidnapped her appearance has likely changed. She could be dressed like a boy and wearing a hat. It is important to look at her facial features and to note identifying features such as the beauty mark on her thigh. Slideshow: Photos of Lisa.
Kansas City Police are asking anyone with any information about Lisa’s disappearance or whereabouts to call them immediately at 816-474-TIPS.
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