Missing baby's mother says failed lie detector test

KANSAS CITY, Mo Fri Oct 7, 2011 11:45am EDT

10-month-old Lisa Irwin in an undated photo. REUTERS/Kansas City Police Department

10-month-old Lisa Irwin in an undated photo.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) - The mother of missing 10-month-old Lisa Irwin said on Friday police told her she flunked a lie detector test, but that she isn't lying when she says she doesn't know where the baby is.

Lisa Irwin's parents, Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley, appeared on network news shows "Good Morning America" and "The Today Show" on Friday as police continued to search for Lisa, last seen in her crib at her parents' Kansas City home on Monday night. The parents denied they had stopped working with police.

On "The Today Show," Bradley said police told her she failed a voluntary lie-detector test given by police.

"They said that I failed, and I continue to say that's not possible because I don't know where she's at," Bradley said.

"I did not do this. They just kept saying I failed, I failed, and I said that's not possible. What do you say when someone tells you that, and you know you didn't do anything?"

Irwin said he would take a lie detector test if asked.

Kansas City Police spokesman Steve Young said Thursday night that the couple had stopped talking to detectives. Irwin said Friday they were worn out from constant interrogation over the previous days.

"I just couldn't take it anymore," Irwin said on "Good Morning America" Friday. "I told them I had to have a break." He said the couple is still doing everything possible to find Lisa.

Young did not give a police version of why the couple stopped cooperating. He had praised them in previous days for responding to all questions. He said Thursday night that Irwin and Bradley are not suspects and that police still don't have a suspect.

Irwin said he found his daughter missing at about 4 a.m. Tuesday when he returned from work. Bradley said she put the girl to bed about 10:30 p.m. Monday. Irwin and Bradley said their three cell phones were missing, making them unable to immediately call police.

(Writing and reporting by Kevin Murphy; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Jerry Norton)

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Comments (12)
AllForLight wrote:
A lot of people will suspect the parents, and I’m sure that’s what the cops think, too.

I must say that the parents’ story rings true with me. We were burglarized and this is exactly the state our house was in when we returned: all the lights on, window open, small stuff grabbed and taken. The cops explained that this was how burglars liked it – plenty of light to see, no surprises, very quick in and out, they take what they see and want and leave as quickly as possible. I am believing the parents, and especially if the cops don’t believe them.

The police must have no hard evidence at all, suspect the parents, and are bullying them. Separating those questioned, lying about evidence found or not found: these are police questioning suspects, not victims.

If the parents are telling the truth, why would they participate in an investigation that is only designed to find them guilty?

Oct 07, 2011 7:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
alie_grace18 wrote:
While these people may not have done anything to their child, and they may not know what happened to her, it is the job of the police department and other authorities to do everything in their power to find this little girl. It is their job to suspect every person that they come into contact with in regards to those they are questioning about the baby’s disappearance. If you have a baby that has been kidnapped, it should be human and parental nature to want to do everything humanly possible to find that baby. I’m not saying that the parents have anything to do with their baby’s disappearance, but I think people need to lay off the KC police department and other authorities for doing their job right. It could mean the difference between finding the baby alive and finding her hurt or worse. While I feel for the parents, they should be cooperating in every possible way. This isn’t about how they feel right now, or how the police are making them feel…It’s about finding their precious little girl.

Oct 07, 2011 12:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Don_N wrote:
Ok… So the “lie detector” is an utterly false implement. It is not a device that can tell if people are lying… it is a prop in a particular kind of interrogation technique designed to get a person to confess truth by making them think “we’ll be able to tell if you lie, so you better not”.

Skin conductivity, pulse, and breath rate are a laughably indirect and sparse set of basis measurements for determining the existence of a complex psychological process. You couldn’t accurately gauge someone’s cardiovascular health from these measurements alone.

Think about it.

Oct 07, 2011 12:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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