Crime & Courts

Baby's last night at KC home detailed

The night before her 10-month-old daughter disappeared, Deborah Bradley spent several hours talking with a friend, smoking cigarettes and drinking five to 10 glasses of wine.

Bradley became so intoxicated that she could not recall later whether she checked on Lisa Irwin in her crib before going to bed herself about 10:30 p.m., according to a source familiar with the family's recollection of events from Oct. 3 and 4.

For the first time, the source provided details of what happened, according to Lisa's parents, in the hours leading up to the moment they realized Lisa was gone from their Kansas City, Kan., home on North Lister Avenue.

It was an unusual night for the family. Lisa's father, Jeremy Irwin, had taken on an extra work assignment to help the family catch up on bills. Normally, he would have been home at night.

According to the source:

Irwin came home from his day job as an electrician at about 2:30 that afternoon, the first Monday in October. He stayed long enough to have dinner with his family and play with the children.

At about 4:30 p.m., Bradley and her brother, Phillip Netz, left to go a neighborhood store to buy a box of wine and baby supplies. Irwin stayed with Lisa and her half-brothers, ages 8 and 5.

At about 5 p.m., Netz and Bradley returned from the store. Netz soon left. About 30 minutes later, Irwin headed to work at a Starbucks, but he did not expect the work to keep him away from home as long as it did.

Samantha Brando, a next-door neighbor in her 20s, came over to the Irwins' house with her 4-year-old daughter. The daughter played with Lisa's half-brothers.

Bradley put Lisa in her crib at about 6:40 p.m., while Brando headed to a store to purchase liquor for herself.

Brando returned to the Irwin home about 7 p.m. and sat on the front stoop with Bradley. The two smoked cigarettes, talked and drank into the night.

By 10:30 p.m., Bradley, who had consumed five to 10 glasses of wine, was intoxicated. She told Brando that she was going to bed. Brando left.

The boys fell asleep in bed with Bradley. The door to Lisa's bedroom already was closed to block out noise from the boys playing earlier.

Irwin finished his work at Starbucks at 3:45 a.m. and drove to his Northland home. Though he had worked through much of the night, he had not called home from Starbucks.

At home, he noticed the front door unlocked and the lights on, which was unusual. He walked to the computer room and realized the window was open. He tried to shut it but couldn't because it wouldn't work properly.

He walked to the boys' room and saw that the older boy was in his bed on the top bunk. The younger boy still was in bed with Bradley.

The door to Lisa's room was open, but Irwin did not peek inside. He walked by and entered his bedroom.

A stray cat that Bradley had brought into the home was at the foot of their bed. Bradley awoke. Irwin asked her what was going on, why the front door was open and the lights were on. Bradley said she did not know.

Irwin then realized that he had not checked on Lisa. He went to her room. Her crib was empty. He went back to his bedroom and asked Bradley about the baby's whereabouts. Bradley began to cry and said she didn't know.

Irwin ran to the Brando home and banged on the front door. He asked Brando if Lisa was there. She asked why Lisa would be there and not at home.

Panic ensued. Irwin called police on his work cellphone after noticing that the home cellphones were missing.

Calling out the home's address, a dispatcher told officers to respond on a "reported residential burglary in progress."

Seconds later she said, "Contact Jeremy.... He noticed his screen is busted and his 10-month-old daughter is missing.

"He advises that he didn't witness anything and doesn't know how long she's been gone."

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