Interviews with missing infant's brothers canceled

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 28, 2011 3:38 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) - A lawyer for the parents of missing 11-month-old Lisa Irwin has canceled interviews police were scheduled to conduct on Friday with the infant's two young half-brothers, police said.

A specialist in interviewing children was supposed to talk to the boys, ages 5 and 8, about Lisa's disappearance. They were home the night of October 3 when she was last seen, said their mother Deborah Bradley.

New York lawyer Joe Tacopina called off the interviews, but did not give a reason, said Darin Snapp, a spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department. Tacopina said he would contact police next week to reschedule, Snapp said.

Bradley said she put Lisa to bed about 6:40 p.m. and the child was discovered missing from their Kansas City home at 4 a.m. the next morning by her father, Jeremy Irwin, when he returned home from work, the couple said. The brothers were interviewed once immediately after the disappearance.

In addition to canceling the interviews with the boys, the local attorney for the couple called off a media tour of the Irwin house and press conference Thursday about the case.

Also Friday, Cyndy Short confirmed that she is no longer working with the family as their local lawyer.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy; Editing by Greg McCune)