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KC mystery surrounding disappearance of Baby Lisa to air on HLN’s ‘Real Life Nightmare’

By Robert A. Cronkleton November 25, 2020 05:08 PM ‘Someone stole our baby’: Excerpts from HLN’s Real Life Nightmare show on Baby Lisa.

‘Someone stole our baby’: Excerpts from HLN’s Real Life Nightmare show on Baby Lisa

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Baby Lisa from a Kansas City, North, home in October 2011 will be the topic of HLN’s docu-series “Real Life Nightmare.”

The episode, titled “Vanished from the Crib,” will air at 9 p.m. Sunday and includes new interviews with parents Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, as well as others.

Lisa, who became known across the country as Baby Lisa, was reported missing early on Oct. 4, 2011. Bradley said she last saw her when she put her in the crib hours earlier.

“It’s been pure hell,” Bradley said in an interview. “It’s literally a nightmare and it just seems like you just can’t wake up from it.”

There have been no updates or changes in the case, said Capt. David Jackson, a spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department. It is still an open investigation.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the TIPS Hotline 816-474-TIPS (8477). An award of up to $25,000 is available.

This is the story The Star ran Oct. 3, 2016, on the five year anniversary of her disappearance:

‘It gets harder each year,’ Baby Lisa’s mom says 5 years after disappearance

Once again on Monday night, Deborah Bradley pleaded with someone out there to come forward with a tip that could help find her daughter, Lisa Irwin.

It’s been five years since Bradley’s 10-month-old daughter disappeared from her home in Kansas City, North, and there’s still no break in the case. Each year in October, Bradley issues that call for help again. She says she will never stop.

“We’ll never give up,” Bradley said. “We know someone out there knows something.”

Lisa, who came to be known across the country as Baby Lisa, was reported missing early on Oct. 4, 2011. Bradley said she had last seen the girl the previous evening when she put her in her crib at the home at 3620 N. Lister Ave. Duration 2:47Family marks five years since Baby Lisa disappeared (2016) Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin talk about the disappearance of their daughter that took place in 2011. It has been nine years since her disappearance and there have been no breaks in the case. By Rich Sugg

The girl’s father, Jeremy Irwin, said he returned home early on Oct. 4 after working a late shift and found the front door open, several lights on and Bradley asleep. The crib was empty.

Lisa would be 6 years old on Nov. 11. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has produced a new image approximating what Lisa might look like now. Lisa had blond hair, blue eyes and a birthmark on her right thigh.

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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released an age-progressed photo of Lisa Irwin last year. Kansas City Police Department

Bradley said Monday that the family’s loss does not get easier to bear with time.

“It’s the opposite,” she said. “It gets harder each year. We get close to this time, and we keep thinking it has been another year gone and she’s not home. The holidays are around the corner, and her birthday. It’s harder to function and harder to cope.”

The parents believe an intruder came into their home and snatched Lisa. The case has never been closed.

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It’s been five years since Lisa Irwin, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin’s 10-month-old daughter, disappeared from her home in Kansas City, North, and there still is no break in the case. Each year in October, Bradley issues a call to help find her daughter. She says she never will stop. Rich Sugg rsugg@kcstar.com

“I do not have anything new to share in regard to the case of Lisa Irwin,” Kansas City police spokeswoman Capt. Stacey Graves said Monday by email. “The case still remains open and detectives follow up on all tips.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477). A $100,000 reward offered by an anonymous benefactor remains on the table.

The family house has served as a billboard of sorts in recent years, with signs drawing attention to the missing child.

“This house needs Lisa to be a home again,” reads one. “Help bring Lisa home.”

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But at least one of their neighbors complained about the signs, prompting the city codes department to order one or more of them to come down. A city spokesman said the codes specify a maximum allowable square footage of signs on noncommercial buildings.

Bradley said she and her husband will comply with the city’s order after Saturday’s vigil.

“Those signs mean a lot to us,” she said. “They’re there not just to remind people but they’re also for her, so she knows we haven’t forgotten. We’re still looking.”

Bradley said Lisa by now probably would not know that she was abducted, and whoever has her would not tell her. But Bradley has faith that her daughter will one day be returned to her parents and brothers.

“I feel it in my gut,” she said. “I have a mother’s intuition. I feel she’s out there.” Duration 1:13File video: Lisa Irwin reported missing from home File video from October 4, 2011, the morning 10-month-old Lisa Irwin was reported missing from her home. By Robert A, Cronkleton

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816-234-4261 Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rockhurst College, where he studied communications and computer science.