On the night baby Lisa Irwin disappeared, someone attempted to use her mother's cell phone to call a woman whose ex-boyfriend has a reported history of break-ins in the vicinity of the family's Kansas City home, according to police.
Megan Wright, who had been residing at a home a mile from Deborah Bradley, Lisa's mother, denies ever having received the call. She said she shared the phone with seven others and did not have the phone in her possession during the alleged call, which was attempted on the night the 10-month-old Lisa disappeared.
A resident from Wright's home contradicted her recollection, and said house members do not share phones. Both parents have said they were incapable of making phone calls, KCTV5.com reported.
Bradley and Jeremy Irwin reported their daughter missing Oct. 4 after Irwin returned home from work to find the girl missing from her crib.
The baby's parents have said they think the child was abducted overnight, while other members of the family slept inside their Kansas City home.
Wright said she dated a local handyman known as “Jersey,” whom she described as a drifter who would go door-to-door looking for work, the station reported.
“Jersey” was interviewed by police and cleared of any involvement in the baby’s disappearance, Steve Young, a spokesman from the Kansas City Police Department, told the station.
The parents, meanwhile, have been criticized for what some perceive to be inadequate cooperation with authorities during the month-long search.
Vikki Ziegler, an attorney and legal expert in New York, reportedly said she believes the parents are hiding something and should be helping more in the investigation.
Ziegler said in an interview that the couple was supposed to protect their daughter and because Bradley’s not “doing that and acting so bizarre, you want to kind of point the finger at her and say, ‘Something’s not right,' " according to the International Business Times.