KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City police spokesman says claims that the arrest of a missing 10-month-old girl’s mother is inevitable are “a stretch.”
In a live interview on NBC Action News Today, Capt. Steve Young told Lindsay Shively he had heard about the ABC News report that Lisa Irwin's mother was prepared to be charged in her daughter’s disappearance.
“I haven’t heard any of the discussion (amongst investigators in the case) in that regard,” Young said. “I think it’s a bit of a stretch.”
Lisa's aunt, Ashley Irwin, in an interview that aired on Good Morning America Tuesday morning, told ABC News that Lisa’s mother, Deborah Bradley, was prepared for charges to be filed against her and felt that an arrest was inevitable.
When NBC Action News contacted Ashley Irwin by phone later Tuesday morning, she would only say she felt police had run out of options and were pointing fingers, namely at Lisa’s mother. She added she had no additional plans to speak with media Tuesday.
“We are still tracking down everything,” Young said. “Everything’s on the table. We’re working hard in all directions.” To hear more of what Young had to say about the investigation as it enters its eighth day, click on the attached video player.
The investigation has led to a Grand Jury subpoena requesting case footage from NBC Action News and other local and national media outlets, though Young would not comment on what that might mean to the case.
Lisa Irwin was reported missing around 4 a.m. on Oct. 4, when Bradley and Lisa’s father, Jeremy Irwin, said he returned home from working overnight to find her not inside her crib.
An AMBER Alert was issued , and in extensive search began for the girl, but now a week later, there’s been no significant advancements in the case.
Two days after she was reported missing, Young held a news conference, saying Bradley and Jeremy Irwin had ceased cooperating with the investigation , but Ashley Irwin made a public statement just hours later insisting they remained cooperative .
The search for Lisa has focused mainly in the area around her home, located in the 3600 block of North Lister Avenue, and has included detailed searches of hilly and wooded areas surrounding her neighborhood.
On Friday, investigators with the Kansas City Police Department and FBI searched a landfill in Johnson County, Kan ., saying it had been searched once before and they were going through it again “as a precaution.”
Over the weekend, investigators went through the Irwin home trying to recreate the alleged abduction .
Residents in Lisa's neighborhood tell NBC Action News they have been questioned about a man, possibly a local handyman , who had been seen in the area, but police are not commenting on him, insisiting they are working to follow every lead and none have led them to identify a solid suspect.
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