Childrearing

Mother Says She Was Drunk When Baby Lisa Irwin Disappeared

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The mother of 11-month-old Lisa Irwin — the baby who has been missing for two weeks — made quite the confession on NBC today. Deborah Bradley that she was intoxicated the night her daughter disappeared.

Bradley said during her TV interview that she was the last one to see her daughter before putting her to bed. When asked how much she had been drinking, the mother admitted, “enough to be drunk.” The mother is now fearful that she will be arrested following a failed lie detector test.

CNN reports:

“I was the last one with her,” a tearful Bradley said in the interview. “And from judging on how the questioning went, that’s kind of a fear that I have. And the main fear with that is, if they arrest me, people are going to stop looking for her. And then I’ll never see her again, and I’ll never know what happened.”

She maintains that she was not inebriated enough to harm her daughter, but also says that the police have accused her of killing baby Lisa. Oddly, she added, “No. No. I don’t think alcohol changes a person enough to do something like that.”

I understand that if your child is missing, the last thing any parent would want is for energy to be subtracted from the search following false accusations. But to recap, Ms. Bradley has pulled some questionable behavior. Originally, the mother said that she last saw baby Lisa at at 10:30 p.m on October 3, but now she says that it was actually at 6:40 when she put the child to bed.

The infant was reported missing at 4 a.m. on October 4, after Lisa’s father, Jeremy Irwin, came home from work to find his door unlocked, the lights on, and a “tampered with” window according to CNN. Because the couple’s bedroom is on the other side of the house from Lisa’ room, Irwin has said that someone could have entered the house with her knowing. Deborah also reportedly sleeps with the fan on high speed in her bedroom.

Lisa went missing along with three cell phones from the home, suggesting theft and kidnapping. But at the present, Irwin and Bradly have refused to allow the police to re-interview Lisa’s older brothers about the events of that evening.

Being “drunk” as the mother admits could influence her ability to accurately recall details from that evening. But even if she is not directly responsible for her daughter’s kidnapping, drinking enough to not be able to recalls one’s own actions in a house full of children also suggests some accountability.

UPDATE: Deborah Bradley says that it’s “possible” she blacked out.

(photo: cnn.com)