The parents of missing Baby Lisa Irwin have stopped cooperating with police. Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley quickly insisted they only needed a break from incessant police questioning.
On Saturday, the parents again met with detectives, Kansas City police spokesman Capt. Steve Young said.
“It’s the best thing for everybody in trying to find this child,” Young was quoted as saying. “We couldn’t be happier about it.” The couple also consented to additional searches of the house, he added.
Strangers who kidnap infants or young children, though rare, often do so because they want a child of their own, not because they intend to hurt or kill the child, said David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.
“The recovery rate for infants is very, very high. There is real hope here,” added Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Arlington, Va.
However, the experts acknowledge that investigators often focus on close relatives when a baby goes missing, in part because statistics show that far more infants and children are killed by a parent than a stranger.
“Suspicion almost always falls heavily on the parents, especially when it’s young kids,” Finkelhor said. “Fifteen hundred parents kill their kids every year, and that’s heavily focused on the under 1 year of age category.”