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COPY-Missing baby's uncle meets with detectives


A maternal uncle of missing baby Lisa Irwin voluntarily met Tuesday with Kansas City Police Department detectives.

Phil Netz is the brother of Debbie Bradley. He was with his sister on the afternoon of Oct. 3 when Bradley purchased a box of wine and food items at a Northland grocery store.

Bradley has said she drank enough that night to pass out drunk. Jeremy Irwin, Lisa's father, called 911 about 4 a.m. Oct. 4 to say that his daughter had been snatched from her crib by a kidnapper while he was on an electrical job and while Bradley was sleeping.

Police say they still want to re-interview Irwin and Bradley. Police last interviewed them on Oct. 8 and restrictions have been placed on all interviews since Oct. 5, authorities told KCTV5.

But on Tuesday, two members of the Kansas City, MO police department came to the home on North Walrond where the parents had been staying before leaving Friday night.

The two detectives left with Netz after half an hour inside the home. The uncle was gone about two hours. He returned about 12:45 p.m. and was dropped off by investigators.

Police have not said why they made the house visit.  When asked about the visit, they told KCTV5 this is an active investigation and they are still conducting interviews. 

This comes a day after Cyndy Short, the family's former local attorney, explained her departure as local counsel for Irwin and Bradley.

Short said she had major disagreements with the family's New York attorney, Joe Tacopina, about how to interact with media.

Short admits her contact with local media may have upset the family and Tacopina.

Regardless of her involvement with the legal team, Short said she still believes in her former clients' innocence.

"We still care very much about them, and we will continue to be available to them to support them emotionally and to help them rally community support even if we are not allowed to see them or to talk to them," said Cyndy Short.

Tacopina announced Tuesday that Kansas City attorney John Picerno will serve as local counsel for baby Lisa's parents. Picerno said he would not answer questions Tuesday.

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