Charges and counter-charges abound between the family of 11-month-old Lisa Irwin and attorney Cyndy Short, which has some arguing that the case has become a circus.
With the family of Lisa Irwin claiming that Short was dismissed due to her behavior, specifically by conducting a tour of the Irwin home with the media, without family knowledge at the time, and Short insisting that she left the team due to disagreement with attorney Joe Tacopena, a number of observers of the case have begun to refer to it as a circus.
"I think the whole case has been a media circus since the beginning," said Jeff Lanza, a retired Kansas City FBI agent who is now a security and communications consultant. "It's distracted from the investigation," according to Reuters
While some argue that the case has become a circus or media show, some local reporters are apparently angry that the Irwin family has primarily concentrated their efforts on giving national interviews, instead of speaking to local reporters.
There has been an array of side issues so far this week concerning the dismissal of family attorney Short and clashes between the defense team and investigators, but still no information on the whereabouts of 11-month-old Lisa Irwin who has been missing for nearly four weeks.
The baby, according to mother Deborah Bradley, 29, was last seen at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 when the child was put to bed; the Kansas City, MO. girl was discovered missing when the baby’s father Jeremy Irwin, 29, returned home in the early hours of Oct. 4
Bradley had admitted to being drunk the night her child disappeared, which may suggest that she is unable to say with certainty what occurred between the time the baby was put to bed until she was discovered gone by her fiancé, Irwin.
Kansas City police have reported that they have investigated 934 of the 1,059 tips that have surfaced, but still have not arrived at a solid lead. Reportedly, hundreds of investigators have combed wooded and other areas but so far the efforts have failed to produce any tangible evidence.
A $100,000 reward has been offered for any information that leads police to the little girl.