Skip to comments.Parents' Attorney Doubts Cadaver Dogs [Lisa Irwin case]
Posted on 10/22/2011 2:13:29 PM PDT by freespirited
The attorney representing the parents of Lisa Irwin said Saturday on a national news show that the cadaver dog "hit" referenced in the search warrant, could have other reasons, nothing to do with Lisa.
"My understanding is that there are cold cases where dogs have hit on scents of decomposition that had been in the home for as long as 28 years," Cyndy Short, with McCallister Law Firm, said to ABC's Good Morning America. "This is an old home, 63 years old. There could be a lot of other explanations for that," she said.
Nineteen days after 11-month old Lisa Irwin disappeared, Short also tried to clarify the reason Deborah Bradley told police she didn't look for her baby in the yard the night she disappeared.
"She was deathly afraid," Short said in the interview. "I think in that fear, not knowing what happened to that child, that she didn't want to find something in the backyard that might have been terrible."
On Sunday, Cyndy Short is scheduled to be interviewed by FOX 4. We will bring you a complete report from that interview on FOX 4 newscasts and FOX4KC.com.
Lisa disappeared October 4th. Police ask you to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS if you have any information helpful to the case.
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This is just not credible to me. If I woke up and a family member was missing, especially an infant, I'd be out in the yard searching faster than the speed of light.
That line bothered me, too. When you love someone, it overrides the fears.
****I’d be out in the yard searching faster than the speed of light****
Or sending the daddy out to look. Which begs the question -what was he doing?.
There is an ongoing thread on this case - if this one gets pulled for duplication:
AND screaming for help at the top of my lungs if my phone was missing.
The father had just started a new job working the night shift.
The baby was discovered ‘missing’ by the father when he returned from work. So my question applies - why didn’t he go outside and search the yard.
Probably fenced, because they have a dog.
My first instinct would be that she climbed out of her crib and out the open door.
They didn’t look outside, won’t ask 6 and 8 year olds if they recall hearing/seeing anything, never tried to call their cell phones to see if someone answered and keep going in front of the cameras to explain her “adult time” drinking. The defense will try to turn this into a distraught woman who just didn’t know what to do when the baby died accidently.
I thought it was a one time night shift? Was this going to be an ongoing time slot?
This is a weird story all around, though.
No doubt you are right, it will be an accident defense. However if they find the body in time, the evidence may prove otherwise.
I don’t know what happened but my best guess is that the mother shook her because she wouldn’t stop crying.
I have read that when a body is on a surface, cells can slough off that are of course invisible to the naked eye. However, the cells continue to break down after the body is removed, producing the cadaver smell.
I’m really betting an accident......A 10 month old....left her on the bed and turned her back....It’s a 2 second thing...and yes it happens every day....
The latest from Websleuths:
In other developments, three eyewitnesses in two separate locations near the child's home saw a man in a t-shirt carrying a baby clad only in a diaper. The first sighting occurred around midnight on the night of the disappearance; the second four hours later and three miles away.
My opinion ... and it's only an opinion ... is that the mother is guilty of getting drunk and falling asleep with the house wide open to an opportunistic criminal.
A typical house is full of dead cells shed from its living occupants. If you knew how much dead skin was in your mattress, you probably wouldn't want to sleep on it.
If these three witnesses had come out on day one or day two....I might believe this story. I do accept the fact that three different folks saw this weird guy, and it has value. But if so....then it’s a homeless guy (he didn’t drive away and literally walked blocks and blocks). If you add this into the script....this guy is still within five miles of the neighborhood....living under some bridge or in some tent.
It was reported early on Jeremy went outside to look for her, I believe prior to calling 911 or perhaps after he had called. Not sure, but he/she said he looked outside.
There are so many conflicting stories about their timelines that they have obviously been lying. I hate to think that baby is dead but the cadaver dog hit has me pretty much convinced.
From what I’ve read and according to the People article, this was a second job, helping a “friend” at the Starbucks that evening. It was reported he thought he would be home about 10:00 pm but the job took longer than expected but he couldn’t call Deborah since their cell phones weren’t working because of not paying the bill. However, Deborah said the phones could receive calls but they couldn’t make outgoing calls. They are both lying.
She didn’t want to search the yard out of fear of what she’d find? Bull dung! A mom instinctively races out there to maybe get there just in time and save the child! A mother would risk everything to save her child! Except these strange murdering moms in the news...
Absolutely incredible that she didn’t run out to look. I’m sorry but your child is missing and the ONLY thing on your mind is to find them... no matter WHAT!
Case in point, when my 3rd daughter was about 2 years old she woke up early and SOMEHOW managed to unlock the front door and walk down the block. Thankfully a neighbor saw and came and woke me up. Half asleep, and sans clothing except a robe with no belt that I threw on to answer the door I IMMEDIATELY bolted out the front door to find her... Running down the sidewalk I tripped and gave my neighbors a real eyeful when I fell down. Now bleeding, I saw her up ahead on the block and the ONLY thing I cared about was getting to her, and praying to God she didn’t decide to cross the street to get to me. Over the last 20 years raising my four daughters we’ve had a couple of scares with “temporarily missing” kids (thankfully no bad outcomes). EVERY time it happened the ONLY thing on my mind was finding them and making sure they were OK. NOTHING ELSE MATTERED AT ALL until I could make sure they were fine...
Heck, when my oldest two were REALLY little my daughter got “lost” (standing behind the neighbor’s car and hidden by the wheel when I looked in their driveway). I was hysterical, and IMMEDIATELY called the police - thankfully my daughter decided that the car was boring to look at and came back into the backyard before they dispatched anyone.
Like you said, I can’t possibly even imagine NOT searching the yard IMMEDIATELY, and then the block, and then the neighborhood!!! It doesn’t pass the test of what an average person would do in that situation at all...
(PS - Regarding my first story... Why NONE of my neighbors who were outside leaving for work actually stopped my daughter and held on to her I’ll NEVER understand.)
I originally heard that when he returned home from work is the first anyone knew of a problem......He came home, and lights were all on, phones gone, baby gone. Has that changed?
***If these three witnesses had come out on day one or day two....I might believe this story.***
The young couple reported the sighting the next day when they learned of Lisa’s disappearance. The motorcycle guy waited a week. I believe the police kept a lid on those reports - there have been hundreds of tips and not all of them reach the media.
There are two possibilities. The guy with the baby was a stranger or a relative (brother?) who was called to help the mother out or was ‘teaching her a lesson’. Maybe he wanted more wine.
No Sh*t!!! I guarantee that EVERYONE on my block would be awake and outside wondering what in the heck was wrong within 5 minutes regardless of what time it was... The ONLY reason I can see for her NOT to search and/or become completely hysterical is because she KNEW what she might “find”. There is no way I could be on a jury and be convinced that she wasn’t involved simply due to her immediate reactions to finding her baby missing...
Nurses have told my family that there is a smell associated with death (detectable to people) a few minutes before a patient dies.
And she closed the door behind her???
Not necessarily so. In the first instance, he might simply have been walking toward his vehicle; in the second instance walking from his residence on Randolph Street toward that big patch of wooded area on 48th.
As far as I have read - the ‘baby carrier’ has not been identified. Would not be the father - because he called 911 at 4:00 am. when he returned to the house from work. Don’t know which phone he used.
Additionally, a witness(es) reported seeing the man carrying the baby at 12:00am. The sightings were 4 miles apart.
I thought I heard the male witness say he saw the man with the baby around 4 AM.
So did this “criminal” just randomly go up to homes and see if the door was unlocked? Didn’t bother taking anything other than a baby in a diaper, didn’t get a blanket, and grabbed three cell phones and went walking around the neighborhood with the baby in 45 degree weather for four hours and the baby didn’t even cry?
If the sightings are authentic - someone was carrying a dead baby. Seen at 12:00am by a couple in the neighborhood and 4:00 am. by a guy on a motor cycle. I believe that’s correct.
(on another post re Lisa walking out of the house - you are good. Agree - an 11 month old could only leave if the door was open. But we don’t know if it was just unlocked or fully open) So many stories and one little baby.
Time line through October 19th.
What a harrowing tale!! I would not only do same for any child but also our dogs.
Baby Lisa’s mother is quite an actress. A better liar than Casey Anthony.
I have not heard any reports that the door was standing open - only that it was unlocked.
Me either - so much left to speculation. That’s where the mother has left LE, the public and the media.
The more questions the longer it will take to find that precious baby.
Gonna retire for the evening.
Great discussion ILS
I keep going back in my mind to her defense of herself for her "adult time" - a normal, grieving parent would be castigating herself for doing something so stupid - saying how she would never do it again - instead this numbskull is more worried about the police closing in on her. It's only a matter of time - she isn't bright enough to pull this off for long and they will make a deal with the baby daddy to tell the truth
It really was quite a scary situation... Writing about it, and thinking about it even now (13 years later) STILL gets my heart beating and the adrenalin flowing, and if I let myself I’m SURE I could very easily feel the fear that I remember. It’s just under the surface, all these years later — just THINKING about what could have happened... I will never understand how anyone even THINKS they could lie and get away with something in the first place (thinking of Susan Smith, and Casey Anthony for a couple examples).
God forgive me if I’m wrong about this woman, but I think she may know more than perhaps she can even bring herself to face. (I’m really wondering just how drunk she really was... absolutely passed out? Still can’t imagine not having the adrenaline kick the butt of all that alcohol upon finding your baby is gone! I could imagine a drunk stumbling and screaming trying to counteract the effects of the alcohol and STILL looking for the child...). I’m glad God is the final judge because I don’t think I could presume innocence in these cases, frankly.
That's the kind of sophistry that made idiots out of the Boulder PD.
Cadaver dogs can pick up the scent of a corpse in as little as 3 hours after death.
You can learn a lot of interesting things if you google 'cadaver dogs'. A dogs' sense of smell is nothing short of amazing.
So you think that scenario is a possibility? I think if that man was indeed carrying Lisa, she was dead. The cops have had three weeks to check out the story. Wonder what they found? They sure aren’t releasing much information. I believed Lisa would be found alive until the cadaver dog hit.
Probably, if you're referring to the second sighting. If I were the cops I'd comb the wooded areas at the corner of 48th and Randolph; the guy was headed in that direction when the motorcyclist spotted him. One is inclined to think that this person wasn't acting rationally, assuming he's the perp. Dressed in a t-shirt on a 45-degree night, walking right down the street with the kidnapped, possibly dead baby in his arms. A meth addict, maybe?
The last thing a meth addict is looking for is a dead baby to haul around (or a live baby). If there was indeed a man carrying Lisa around, it is a relative of Deborah or Jeremy, IMHO.
I can't really see that in this case, once again, assuming the guy is the perp. It's irrational behavior, the kind you'd expect from a hard-case drug addict, or psychotic, or both. I'm not ready to speculate on an elaborate conspiracy theory drummed up by several members of a family that has really shown (as far as I can see) no predilection for the kind of actions we're looking at here, particularly at such short notice.
The authorities right now are doing what I call "playing the paradigm." They've no rational explanation for what happened; they can't break anyone down (which I think would be easy to do if any of these family members had been involved), and since the mother was the only one at home at the time, it's got to be her by default. And it's not just the police: every damned amateur sleuth out there has got the woman tried, convicted and fried. And there's only one element that's wanting to complete the case, namely, evidence.
I remember a report near the beginning about a text message - not clear if it was reported sent from a cell phone of theirs or received - but it read “ready when you are” at about 2:30-2:40. Never have been able to confirm if it is true. If it is true, I would think the cops know who sent/received it. I just wish we knew more about what the cops actually know.
I did a search on that, and based on what I found, I believe it was just a rumor.
Something interesting I did find in my searches is that at the corner of 48th and Randolph, where the motorcyclist claims to have seen the man and baby at 4:00 a.m., there's a company called "Kids Creation," that specializes in very elaborate wooden playsets for children. Believe it or not, there's what appears to be an incredibly elaborate wooden playset in the back yard of the Irwin house.
From Deborah’s aunt. I assume it is true.
“Thanks FatCat for the update on the man with a baby.
Just saw this on FB (pretty bold statement):
In 2001 , My sister Lisa passed away from a suspicious ‘accidental drug overdose’. Lisa was the mother of Debbie , the mother of this missing 10 month old. This missing baby was named after her deceased grandmother. I am the Uncle of the mother (Debbie) of this missing child. My sister Lisa had 3 kids and was estranged from her husband , who was thousands of dollars behind in back child support and was living in Delaware close to his estranged wife and his 3 kids. He did not like it on the east coast. He was from Kansas City. My 36 year old sister mysteriously died from what they called an ‘accidental overdose’. After her death , her estranged husband who owed thousands in back child support and didn’t like living in Delaware anyway , took his 3 kids and returned to Kansas City. Debbie , the mother of this missing child , is one of them 3 kids. Now here we are 10 years after the mysterious and suspicious death of my 36 year old sister Lisa ... and the 10 month old baby who was named after her is missing. I have no been in contact with them for a few years so I don’t know what’s been going on in Missouri. But I will say that I have always been suspicious about my sister Lisa’s estranged husband and whether or not he was involved in her death. He had plenty of motive. And he left Delaware very fast. Lisa’s death looked like an accident so it was ruled an accident. But I know my sister and she was smarter than that. And her death occurred on the 10th birthday of her youngest son who found her dead in bed on his birthday. Is the disappearance of this child and the suspicious death of my sister connected ? Is this just a coincidence ? We have one Lisa dead and another Lisa missing. I love my niece Debbie , the mother of this missing child. And I have no idea who her boyfriend is. Nor do I know what was going on in their lives in the past few years. But I do know that I lost my sister Lisa 10 years ago and I will always be very suspicious about her death. Now this poor child is missing. I am curious to know if her grandfather was around.”