The former lawyer for the parents of missing Missouri infant Lisa Irwin says she believes the 10-month-old girl was kidnapped.
“I think she was stolen from that home, I really do,’’ Cyndy Short said Monday in a news conference outside her Kansas City offices. Without providing specifics on the baby Lisa case in particular, Short said she bases this on national statistics of child abductions about strangers.
Short said she learned of her dismissal last week from media reports, rather than from baby Lisa’s parents or Joe Tacopina, the New York-based lawyer representing the family. Saying she was not surprised, Short told reporters she believes Tacopina expected her to be a "less aggressive’’ player. While she worked the case "from the ground’’ for ten days, she said Tacopina was in Rome.
“Our goals and approach were so different that one of us had to go. And that someone is me,” she said. When asked who postponed interviews with Lisa’s young brothers and canceled all media appearances by parents Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin last week, Short said it was Tacopina.
Short called Bradley and Irwin a loving couple and caring parents, adding that she believes strongly in their innocence. Neither has been named a suspect or person of interest in Lisa’s disappearance nearly a month ago.
Although her official involvement has ended, Short said she and her firm will continue to devote time and resources to the case by fielding tips and forwarding them to law enforcement, as well as monitoring and maintaining the website devoted to the search for Lisa.