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Baby Lisa turns 1 today; parents done with 'interrogation'

November 11, 2011 |  1:39 pm

Baby Lisa, missing since OctBaby Lisa turns 1 year old today, and a lawyer for the missing child's parents has asked that the media mark the occasion by leaving the couple alone.

Attorney John Picerno made the request during a news conference Friday, saying it was a difficult day for Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin. He also argued against any intimation that the Kansas City, Mo., couple had been uncooperative with police investigating the Oct. 4 disappearance of their daughter.

“This idea that they are not cooperating is just fantasy,” he told the Kansas City Star. “There’s nothing more to be said.”

Picerno told the paper that the couple would not be questioned separately: “We’re not going to allow them to be subjected to interrogation techniques.” He noted that Bradley and Irwin had been interviewed, together, by police for more than 30 hours on five occasions.

He also said that Thursday night’s interviews with Lisa’s two older half-brothers “went well,” according to an FBI agent who observed the interviews.

The agent told Picerno that the interviews yielded “no new developments,” he said.

As reported in Nation Now in October, Bradley and Irwin, have maintained from the start that they had nothing to do with their daughter's disappearance. They say police have wrongly focused the investigation on them instead of putting resources into finding whoever kidnapped their child. Police, meanwhile, have insisted they are doing just that.

The case has taken multiple twists and has drawn attention across the nation. There was the revelation by Bradley weeks after the baby's disappearance that she was drunk the night her child vanished.

Bradley has said that the police consider her a suspect, which her lawyer confirmed Friday.

"Oh, they've told them as much ... sure," Picerno said. "Debbie in particular."

But Kansas City police denied that the parents have been told they were suspects.

"We have no suspects in the case," Kansas City police spokeswoman Stacey Graves said in an email to


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-- Amy Hubbard

Photo: Posters for missing baby Lisa Irwin are taped to a light pole near her home in Kansas City, Mo., in early October. Credit: Orlin Wagner / Associated Press