Kansas City attorney Cyndy Short has been "forced off" the Lisa Irwin case, according to ABC News.
Short had made a number of statements to the press over recent days in defense of her clients Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, the parents of 11-month old Lisa Irwin, who was reported missing on Oct. 4. Still, she had appeared to have adopted a less forceful role in the media than that of high profile New York attorney Joe Tacopena.
Short was critical of the behavior of police as they searched the home of the family on Monday: "It almost seemed as if that was more for the public's benefit than for the benefit of doing a thorough search of this house,” she told ABC’s "Good Morning America."
The local attorney also commented: "It was interesting to watch the activity outside of this house when they were conducting the search."
Short said, "There were so many crime scene people that were seen outside, and seen coming in and out of this house…carrying a rolled up rug. It really gave the impression that there was a lot going to be removed from this house."
It’s unclear why Short was reportedly "forced off" the case, but she is reportedly preparing a statement. The attorney canceled an anticipated media walk through of the home of the parents on Thursday. She explained that her clients were too tired to conduct the media tour.
"That last few weeks have been exhausting to everyone working on behalf of the Irwin family. It has exhausted Lisa's parents and her friends and family," Short said in a statement. "Therefore, the consensus is we all need a rest until next week."
Tacopena has been granted a delay by police of Friday’s scheduled interview with the half-brothers of Lisa Irwin. The meeting will be rescheduled for a later date.
Kansas City police officer Darin Snapp has revealed that investigators were also planning on taking DNA samples from the boys. There were DNA samples taken from the home previously that were labeled "unknown," and investigators planned to use the boys' DNA to eliminate some of the unknown samples.