Breaking their silence for the first time in nearly three months, the parents of a missing Kansas City baby are speaking out —and saying they believe their daughter was kidnapped and is still alive.
Four months after Deborah Bradley, 25, and Jeremy Irwin, 29, reported their then-10-month-old baby Lisa missing, they told Dr. Phil they had nothing to do with her disappearance. In the interview, which airs Friday, they also answered tough questions regarding the night the baby vanished on Oct. 4.
“It's not a joke, it’s not a circus, it is not a game,’’ Bradley told Dr. Phil through tears. “This is my baby. It's really, really hard because every day I wake up, and I think about her. And when I go to sleep I think about her. It's almost all I can do to stay sane.’’
Bradley has admitted to having several drinks on the night the baby disappeared, and discrepancies have emerged between her story and Irwin's. He has said that when he came home at 4 a.m. from his shift as an electrician, all the lights in the house were on; Bradley claims they were off.
“When he came in the bedroom that morning and woke me up and said all the lights are on in the house, it was a total exaggeration,’’ Bradley said.
Authorities have said the couple has not fully cooperated in the investigation, but KMBC-TV reports that Kansas City police met with the couple and their attorney Thursday. It was the first time they've met with police since the first few weeks after the baby disappeared.
"Detectives did not learn anything significant but are hopeful there will be more meetings in the future," Kansas City police Sgt. Stacey Graves told KMBC, adding they would not release more information about the conversation.
Dr. Phil asked the couple if they felt they have been treated fairly by the Kansas City Police.
“No, I don’t,’’ Bradley said. “There’s nothing but misinformation out there.’’
The family home has been searched repeatedly by the police and FBI, and cadaver dogs have been brought in. Investigators also combed nearby woods, industrial sites and the surrounding neighborhood.
The case remains open and more than 1,200 tips have poured in. There are no suspects at this time, and Bradley and Irwin told Dr. Phil they remain hopeful for the return of their child.
“(Her stepbrothers) talk about her all the time,’’ Bradley said. “They ask about her and I just keep telling them, ‘We're never gonna stop looking. We're gonna find her. She's coming home. I just don't know when.’’
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