Baby Lisa case: What about the neighbors?
Investigators executed a search warrant Wednesday at the home where baby Lisa vanished from her crib two weeks ago.
We now know that Lisa's mom, Deborah Bradley, may have had more than a few drinks the night her child went missing. She is also on anti-anxiety meds and admits that she drank to the point of possibly blacking out.
“I think baby Lisa's parents are hiding something,” Dr. Drew stated on his HLN show Wednesday night. “The drinking revelations are the tip of the iceberg.”
Dr. Drew went on to say that he had spoken with a member of Bradley's family this week and was told that “Lisa's family has a long history – multiple generations of severe abuse, abandonment, neglect, and alcoholism and drug addiction.”
Time will tell whether that figure into this situation.
Later in the show, the panel turned their attention to another aspect of this case – the neighbors.
“Apparently, if you remember, there was a neighbor with [Deborah Bradley} all the way until she went to bed, and the neighbor actually was reporting when the lights went off in the house and what not,” Drew said. “I kept asking, ‘who's this neighbor person?’... I can't confirm this, but from a source told me, that the neighbor's estranged from her husband and the husband was not allowed home that night and that there was some acrimony with the neighbors.”
Could that bit of information shed some light in the direction that police should be following? Criminal defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh weighed into the conversation.
“Statistically, it's less than a fraction of one-percent of those who report their child missing that actually goes missing by a stranger like she's (Deborah) alleging,” he said. "So statistically, it doesn't look likely that her story is true. But if the child does go missing by a stranger, they usually get the child back ... I'm not convicting her ... right now, there isn't proof beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Criminal defense attorney Lauren Lake chimed in saying that Dr. Drew really hit home with something that had been on her mind.
“This whole drinking with the neighbor on the stoop and the neighbor knowing what time the lights went off ... I'm thinking to myself, ‘wow, a neighbor could also know the floor plan to your house and a neighbor could also potentially get past dogs barking because the dogs would be familiar with the neighbor,’” Lake noted. “I'm not saying I'm accusing the neighbor. What I'm saying is, there are other people in the vicinity that I think the police should also look at in addition to the parents."
CNN Correspondent Jim Spellman thinks the neighbor is essential.
“We don't know exactly which neighbor it is, but the very next house next door, we know police have been searching in there,” he said. “They took dogs in there just a few days ago and came out with some bags. We understand it's not evidence, but material that the search dogs use when they go to another location. I think that neighbor is very essential and the two boys that were also in the home with her – they won't let them be interviewed either by police. They might know the most of anybody if the mom really was that drunk.”
More than two weeks have passed since Lisa’s parents reported her missing from her crib in the middle of the night. Bradley said she last saw the baby girl before going to sleep around 6:40 p.m. October 3 and Lisa’s father said she was gone when he got home from an overnight shift at work around 4 a.m. on October 4.
Anyone with information about Lisa’s disappearance should call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.
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