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Baby Lisa: Interviews with Brothers Canceled, Attorney Dismissed

Find Lisa Facebook Page(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) -- An overnight shake-up in the search for missing Missouri 11-month-old Lisa Irwin canceled interviews with her two half-brothers and forced one of the family's attorneys off the case.

Baby Lisa's 5 and 8-year-old brothers had been scheduled to sit down with child specialists Friday for interviews about the night Lisa disappeared and to have DNA samples collected, but those interviews were abruptly called off Thursday night by the Irwin family's attorney Joe Tacopina.

Tacopina said he would call police next week and reschedule the interview, according to ABC News' Kansas City affiliate KMBC. Attorneys will reportedly still allow DNA samples to be taken from the boys' cheeks.

Parents Deborah Bradley, 25, and Jeremy Irwin, 29, had denied investigators access to the boys in recent weeks. Child specialists spoke to the boys on Oct. 4, the day after Lisa's disappearance, but investigators have not had access to the boys since then.

Investigators hoped to "bring them back to see if they remember anything that might be able to help find their younger sister," Kansas City Police Department spokesman Darin Snapp told ABC News.

The boys were reportedly sleeping with Bradley in her bed the night that Lisa disappeared and may have heard noises in the house.

ABC News also learned that the family's Kansas City attorney Cyndy Short was forced off of the legal team overnight, for unknown reasons. Short did not respond to ABC News' request for comment, but her office said she is preparing a statement.

On Thursday, Short canceled a scheduled media tour of the Irwin home and a news conference hours before the events.

"That last few weeks have been exhausting to everyone working on behalf of the Irwin family. It has exhausted Lisa's parents and her friends and family," Short said in a statement. "Therefore, the consensus is we all need a rest until next week."

Baby Lisa has been missing since the night of Oct. 3, and her parents maintain that she was kidnapped from her crib. Police have investigated nearly 1,000 tips and leads, but have not named any suspects.

An anonymous benefactor is offering a $100,000 reward for her safe return or the conviction of whoever took the little girl.

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Baby Lisa's Brothers to Provide DNA Sampling

Courtesy the Find Lisa Facebook Page(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Missing Missouri 11-month-old Lisa Irwin's two older brothers, who were in the house the night she disappeared, will submit to interviews with investigators and provide DNA samples.

Child specialists spoke to the boys on Oct. 4, the day after Lisa's disappearance, but investigators have not had access to Lisa's 5 and 8-year-old half-brothers since then.

"This will be the first time we've had a chance to interview them since then," Kansas City Police Officer Darin Snapp told ABC News on Wednesday. "We have not been allowed access to the children until [parents Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin] agreed to bring them in this Friday."

"We are expecting to collect DNA samples," Snapp said. "It will be very non-intrusive, pretty much just a Q-tip swab." Snapp said some DNA samples, currently in a lab, that were collected from the house are labeled "unknown" and they want to use the boys' DNA to eliminate some of the unknown samples.

"We spoke to one for 50 minutes and the other for 30 minutes," Snapp said. "They were woken up very early in the morning and, due to their ages, we didn't want to interview them for too long that day."

Snapp said there will not be any detectives involved in Friday's interviews; they will be conducted by child specialists. Investigators want to "bring them back to see if they remember anything that might be able to help find their younger sister," Snapp said. The boys were reportedly sleeping with Bradley in her bed when Lisa disappeared and may have heard noises in the house.

Tensions between investigators and Lisa's family have continued amid discord about Bradley, 25, and Irwin's, 29, level of cooperation, but police are still intent on interviewing them.

Investigators want Lisa's parents to submit to separate interviews and answer a list of "tough questions” that detectives "need answered."

Kansas City Police Capt. Steve Young made his statement Tuesday as the investigation into the toddler's disappearance entered its fourth week without any suspects or leads to the girl's whereabouts.

Police have received over 975 tips and have cleared almost 800 of those tips.

Baby Lisa has been missing since the night of Oct. 3 and an anonymous benefactor is offering a $100,000 reward for her safe return or the conviction of whoever took the little girl.

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Three Eyewitnesses Convinced They Saw Missing Baby Lisa

Kansas City Police(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Three witnesses in two Kansas City locations are convinced they saw a man carrying a baby matching 11-month-old Lisa Irwin's description the night she disappeared from her Missouri bedroom.

Mike Thompson told ABC News that he was on his way home from work around 4 a.m. on Oct. 4 when he saw a man in a t-shirt carrying a baby at an intersection about three miles from the Irwin home.

It was shortly after 4 a.m. that Lisa's parents Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin said they discovered Lisa was missing.

"[At] 4 a.m., 45 degrees, baby don't have a coat or nothing and this guy is walking down the street and I thought it was kind of weird," Thompson said.

He thought the sight was so unusual that he recalled considering offering the man and baby a ride home, but couldn't because he was on his motorcycle. He later reported what he saw to police and told ABC News he is convinced the baby was Lisa.

Thompson described the man as around 5-feet-7, between 140 and 150 pounds and in his late 30s or early 40s.

A few hours earlier, a couple living three houses down from the Irwin family said they saw a similar sight. A woman and her husband said they saw a man in a t-shirt carrying a baby. They thought the situation was so unusual that they reported it to police on the morning of Oct. 4.

"It was shocking because I couldn't imagine anyone outside walking with their baby in the cold like that with no clothes on," the woman told ABC News.

Lisa's mother, Deborah Bradley, has said that Lisa was wearing purple shorts and a purple t-shirt when she last saw her, but the neighboring couple said they baby they saw did not appear to be wearing any clothing.

"We seen the little arm, the leg, it didn't look like the baby had on any clothes, just a diaper," she said.

The woman said police have interviewed her four times and police say they are still looking into the possible sightings.

The focus of the investigation this week has been largely centered on Lisa's parents.

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Baby Lisa Parents Not Answering Vital Questions, Police Say

Kansas City Police(KANSAS CITY,  Missouri) -- The parents of missing toddler Lisa Irwin haven't submitted to an interview with detectives for the last 10 days to answer questions about things "they might only know," police said today.

The 11-month-old girl vanished from her crib Oct. 3. Police have not named any suspects in the girl's disappearance, but the story of mother Deborah Bradley has altered somewhat and she has admitted to being drunk that night, possibly even blacking out.

Kansas City Police Capt. Steve Young expressed some frustration Tuesday with Bradley and the girl's father, Jeremy Irwin.

"The last time that the mom and dad sat down with detectives to answer questions about things they might only know was Oct. 8," Young told ABC News.

"And that time, and previous times, there came a point when Deborah became uncomfortable and stopped the questioning," Young said.

Young conceded that the parents have spoken with detectives since Oct. 8, but only to clarify information about tips that have come in.

"We strongly believe that that parent's cooperation and involvement is critical [in finding Lisa]," Young said.

Police have previously accused the parents of halting their cooperation, although the parents have insisted they continue to answer officers' questions. Tuesday’s comments by police were more specific.
Young also responded to criticism by Joe Tacopina, the high powered defense lawyer who is now representing Bradley and Irwin.

Tacopina told Good Morning America today that the way some of the local authorities conducted themselves in the hours following Lisa's disappearance was "baffling."

"I am aware that he offered some vague criticisms of the police department," Young said. "I think all reasonable people know that are doing things and we know things that are not a matter of public record."

"Should we develop something that we think will benefit the case by making public, by all means we'll be doing that," the captain said. "But to make the assumption that we're putting all our eggs in one basket would be wildly inaccurate."

Young said the police have so far cleared over 550 tips and leads.

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Baby Lisa's Parents Get Top Defense Lawyer Joe Tacopina

Kansas City Police(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- High-profile New York defense attorney Joe Tacopina is the latest addition to the team of people representing the Missouri parents of missing 11-month-old Lisa Irwin.

Tacopina's roster of clients includes Joran van der Sloot in his Aruba trial in the disappearance of Natalee Halloway, Michael Jackson in his molestation trial, and the New York police officer acquitted of charges of raping an intoxicated woman, among many others notable cases.

It is unclear who has retained him or who is paying for his service.

Tacopina defended Lisa's parents Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin at a Kansas City news conference Monday, and maintained that they were not involved in the disappearance of their daughter.
"I stand here to ferociously accept their presumption of innocence," he said.

Tacopina defended Bradley's revelation from Monday that she had been drinking on Oct. 3, the night Lisa disappeared, and may have been drunk.

"She was willing to tell the truth about it, even if it didn't make her look great," Tacopina said. "I think that goes to her credit. It's her being truthful."

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Missouri National Guard Joins Search for Baby Lisa Irwin

Kansas City Police(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) -- The Missouri National Guard joined the search Sunday for a missing baby girl in Kansas City who vanished nearly two weeks ago.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon gave the order on Saturday to deploy guard members to assist in the search for 11-month-old Lisa Irwin.

ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams said the move is unique to the search efforts.

"Ordinarily I would say this is just another effort at canvassing particular areas as they have already done in the context of the search but one thing that is kind of unique about this is that they picked a particular day and that is today and they've said it's just going to be a one day search in a specific location so it does make you wonder if they are doing it based off a specific tip," said Abrams.

On Saturday, police searched an abandoned house near Irwin's home but they still have few clues about what happened to her.

Investigators found used diapers and baby wipes in the abandoned home, but police said they have doubts about whether they are connected.

ABC affiliate KMBC-TV in Kansas City reported Saturday that a passerby had looked in the house and alerted police.

The house was near an area where police were already searching for Irwin, who has been missing since Oct. 4, when her parents reported that she disappeared from her bedroom crib.

Kansas City Police Department Capt. Steve Young told KMBC-TV the diapers and wipers were found in the basement. He said crime scene investigators will be brought in, but "It just doesn't fit."

Police also questioned a local handyman in connection with the case, according to KMBC.

The handyman, nicknamed "Jersey" was taken into custody for a felony warrant and was question by authorities because he was seen in Irwin's neighborhood. But police said he was not considered a suspect, KMBC reported.

Baby Lisa has not been seen since Oct. 3.

No suspects have been named to the case and no arrests have been made.

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