KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City-based attorney for the parents of missing Northland baby Lisa Irwin has been removed from the case by the family’s New York City-based attorney.
On Friday, Cyndy Short of the McAllister Law Firm confirmed that has been removed from the case by lead attorney Joe Tacopina.
The news comes one day after Tacopina cancelled a meeting that child interview specialists were scheduled to have with baby Lisa’s two older brothers on Friday.
The boys, ages 6 and 8, were in the house on the night the 11-month-old Irwin disappeared. Kansas City Missouri Police said they wanted to ask some follow-up questions and get DNA samples to rule out unidentified DNA samples collected from the home.
It’s unclear why the interviews were canceled or if they will be rescheduled for a later date.
Also on Thursday, a scheduled media tour of the Irwin house in the 3600 block of North Lister was abruptly canceled.
John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted and father of Adam Walsh, who was kidnapped and murdered 30 years ago, says that the family’s refusal to work with the media worries him.
“It bothers me when people don’t do interviews, said Walsh. “Trust me, when your child is missing, I said it many times, if Adam’s kidnapper… I would have stood in Times Square naked and took a bullet and do every interview to trade my life for that little boy’s life.”
Lisa Irwin was last seen in her crib by her mother some time in the afternoon or evening of October 3. She was reported missing to police by her father after he returned home from work in the early morning hours of October 4.
Irwin is described as white, with blond hair and blue eyes, about 30 inches tall and weighing 26-30 pounds. Her family says that she has two bottom teeth, a small bug bite under her left ear, a beauty mark on her right outer thigh and currently has a cold with a cough.
The family says that she was last seen wearing purple shorts and a purple shirt with white kittens on it.
If you have any information on the girl’s whereabouts call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.