By Maria Sudekum Fisher/The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – FBI agents searched a Kansas landfill on Friday in connection with the disappearance of a 10-month-old Missouri girl, whose parents said was snatched from her crib three days ago.
Agents and Kansas City police were searching the Deffenbaugh Industries landfill in the suburb of Shawnee, FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said. She declined to discuss details, citing the ongoing investigation.
She said it was the second time the agency had been at the landfill, which investigators also searched Tuesday — the same day Lisa Irwin was reported missing — and that it wasn’t uncommon to search an area several times.
“They are just going out there making sure they are completely thorough,” Patton said.
Deffenbaugh Industries spokesman Tom Coffman said authorities arrived at the landfill around noon and stayed for about two hours. He said investigators searched a 20- to 30-acre area.
The search came just hours after Lisa’s mother, Deborah Bradley, told The Associated Press that police told her she failed a lie detector test and accused her of being involved in her baby’s disappearance.
Bradley said police never showed her the results of the test and denied knowing anything about what happened to her daughter. She and the Lisa’s father, Jeremy Irwin, said their daughter was abducted sometime late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
“They said I failed (a polygraph test),” Bradley, 25, said. “And I continued to say that’s not possible because I don’t know where she’s at and I did not do this.”
Irwin, 28, said he also offered to take a test but police said it wasn’t necessary.
Kansas City police spokesman Steve Young declined to comment Friday on whether the parents have been tested, citing the ongoing investigation.
Bradley and Irwin, both dressed in jeans and sweatshirts, held hands and appeared close to tears several times during the 20-minute interview. They reiterated that their main focus was “to bring Lisa home.”
“We need her. We have to have her. She’s our link that ties everybody together,” Irwin said.
They said police have treated them like suspects and that Bradley in particular has been preparing for the possibility of charges being filed against her. The mother said detectives told her: “You did it. You did it. And we have nothing.'”
Irwin, an electrician, said he returned from work around 4 a.m. Tuesday and discovered Lisa was missing. Bradley said she last checked on the child around 10:30 p.m., then fell asleep in her bed with her 6-year-old son and a stray kitten they found earlier in the day.
The parents said they frantically searched for Lisa but found only their front door unlocked, a window open and house lights blazing, lending credence to the theory that the baby may have been snatched by an intruder.
“The main problem I think that we’re facing is that everybody (else) has an alibi,” Irwin said. “I was at work. I’ve been cleared. All these other people we were worried about … the FBI said they’ve been cleared. The only one you can’t clear is the mother that’s at home when it happens ’cause there’s nobody else there.”
On Thursday, police told reporters that Bradley and Irwin were no longer cooperating with authorities, but the family later released a statement insisting they had never stopped.
The parents reasserted their commitment to the investigation Friday, saying they are not angry with how things have gone and that they understand police have a difficult job to do.
“Don’t get me wrong. I understand why they did what they did,” Bradley said. “You see stuff like this everywhere. You watch the TV, and there’s some crazy person doing something insane.
“There’s been too many times stuff has happened. They have to assume what’s worst … but it felt like it was taken really, really far.”
Associated Press writer Heather Hollingsworth contributed to this report from Kansas City, Mo.