Missing baby Lisa Irwin parents Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley appeared on the Today Show to speak out on the investigation to find their daughter.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The mother of a missing Kansas City baby told Dr. Phil part of the family’s initial report to police was a “total exaggeration.”
Lisa Irwin was 10 months old when she disappeared on Oct. 4, 2011. Her parents, Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley, reported to police that Jeremy Irwin came home from an overnight shift at about 4 a.m. to find all the lights in their Northland home on and Lisa missing from her crib.
But in an episode of Dr. Phil slated to air Friday, Feb. 3, when asked whether someone who may have kidnapped Lisa would turn on all the lights in the house, Bradley told him that portion of their story was not necessarily true.
“I’m not gonna sit on TV until now when I’m being asked that specific question and rebuttal it,” Bradley said, sitting next to Jeremy Irwin and attorney, Joe Tacopina, “because to me, it’s just nonsense. It’s just picking my words apart.
“When he came into the house that morning and said all the lights were on in the house," Bradley continued, "it was a total exaggeration.”
No suspects have been named in Lisa’s disappearance, but soon after she was reported missing, Kansas City police said Jeremy Irwin’s and Deborah Bradley’s cooperation into the investigation wavered.
Jeremy Irwin told Dr. Phil reaction from the Kansas City community has been mixed.
“There’s a lot of people that are coming forward and helping and supportive,” Jeremy Irwin said. “There’s also a lot of people that are out there and don’t have a lot of information and are making ridiculous accusations.”
NBC Action News talked to Jeremy Irwin Thursday about the interview with Dr. Phil to see what he hopes to gain from the nationally televised broadcast.
“A new audience will see more recent pictures and help bring her home,” said Jeremy Irwin.
Leads into Lisa’s disappearance quickly reached into the thousands, but on Thursday, Kansas City police spokesman Steve Young said tips have been diminishing.
“But it is in no way a cold case,” Young told NBC Action News in an email. “It is still actively being investigated.”
Thursday, detectives met with Lisa’s parents and their attorney. Sgt. Stacey Graves with the Kansas City Police Department said investigators did not learn anything significant but are hopeful there will be more meetings in the future.
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