Baby Lisa Irwin's two older half brothers will be re-interviewed Friday about what they heard when their sister went missing more than three weeks ago.
Kansas City police said Tuesday that a trained child services specialist will meet with the 6- and 8-year-old boys. A police officer will not be present.
Police previously interviewed the two boys right after their sister vanished from her Northland home. Her father, Jeremy Irwin, called 911 about 4 a.m. Oct. 4 to say she had been snatched from her crib. Debbie Bradley, the girl's mother, said she last saw her daughter the night before when she put her down to sleep.
The parents had allowed the two boys on Oct. 4 to be interviewed by "a specially trained social trained social worker in an environment that would be in their best interest and permit the investigators to learn what they could from the children," according to a statement issued Wednesday afternoon from the McCallister law firm.
The Kansas City firm is representing Irwin and Bradley.
Irwin and Bradley had balked at the boys being interviewed again. They had concerns about the process and police focusing so much on the parents. In the statement, the law firm said Lisa's parents "continue to cooperate with police to find their missing baby."
Police said the interview will be non-confrontational and insist it will not be an "interrogation." It is unclear whether the boys will be interviewed together or separately.
According to authorities, Irwin and Bradley had to consent to a second interview, and it is part of why it took so long to talk to the boys again after the initial questioning.
Police also said they will be DNA testing the boys with a mouth swab procedure.
Authorities need the information to eliminate certain DNA found on evidence collected at the home.
Police said lab work done on those items are starting to come back, but will not say how much is left to examine.
The McCallister law firm said Irwin and Bradley considered their sons' best interests "against the desire of the law enforcement to bring their boys in for a second interview." The parents agreed to the interview as long as they were done "in a safe place and would be done by a specially trained social worker."
Erin Miller Weiss works at Sunflower House in Johnson County and is a forensic interview specialist. She said it is important to provide a safe setting for children during such interviews. This includes books, toys and crayons.
"We want to make sure this is the type of conversation where we're only going to tell the truth and they're not in any trouble," Weiss said.
She said detectives and others watch the interviews via closed-circuit television. The interview specialist will take a single break to ask investigators if they want any additional questions asked.
"The forensic interview is designed to be non-leading, non-suggestive and just be fact finding in nature and child focused," Weiss said.
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