October 14th, 2011
06:27 PM ET

Family hopes videos of missing girl keep spotlight on case

Videos of a missing Missouri child, released this week by her family, are snapshots of a happier time.

In one video taken by mother Deborah Bradley, 11-month-old Lisa Irwin is staring into the camera, smiling and cooing.

"Say hi to Momma," Bradley says in the video. “Look at that messy baby.”

Lisa is wearing an outfit that says “Daddy Loves Me.”

Lisa's family released three home videos of the girl - recorded in the spring - on Thursday, hoping to keep her image in the spotlight. The family says it last saw Lisa about 10:30 p.m. October 3, asleep in a crib in her Kansas City home, according to police.

Authorities were called to the home about 4 a.m. October 4. Lisa's father, Jeremy Irwin, said he discovered that the girl was missing when he got home from work. Police have said they have no suspects or solid leads in Lisa's disappearance.

Two anonymous benefactors are offering a $100,000 reward for Lisa's safe return, a private investigator working for the family said Friday.

Lisa was reaching an age when a child starts to develop personality traits, and Bradley noticed this on trips to stores.

"Everybody loves her," Bradley said last week after Lisa was reported missing. “(Lisa) likes everybody. She’s very playful and so sweet.”

A few hours before Bradley put her daughter down to sleep last week, she went to a Festival Foods grocery store where the family regularly shops. Rebecca Guerrero, a cashier, said she had seen Lisa there many times.

“She’s the sweetest little girl I’ve ever seen,” Guerrero said. “She’s always smiling. You go up to her and tickle her, and she starts laughing.”

Guerrero said that when Lisa’s parents had learned Bradley was pregnant, they were happy to know that they’d soon have a girl.

“When (Bradley) was pregnant with Lisa, that’s all we would talk about,” Guerrero said. “(Jeremy Irwin) was thrilled. He wanted a baby girl.”

Guerrero says she can’t stop thinking about those brief visits with the family while waiting to hear of Lisa’s fate.

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    Keep focusing on this one child when there are thousands of others that are missing in this country. Forget about them, worry about this one child. Only this child is missing.

    October 14, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • SanDiegoGirl

      As the mother of a toddler, were he to go missing in the middle of the night, taken out of his crib out of our home, I would do absolutely anything – ANYTHING and everything to keep his name, face and story on the front page for as long as humanly possible. Yes, there are thousands of children missing and they all are worthy of a headline and breaking news cast. This one is particularly heinous, in my opinion, because this child was stolen from her crib, in her own home. And to this family, yes, she IS the only missing child out there who matters right now. Call it selfish if you will. I call it being a scared to death parent.

      October 14, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      Of course more ignorance...Yes, babies are stolen from their home in their own cribs every night. So far it's looking pretty legit...Most of the others who have gone missing are due to your typical domestic disputes, runaways, etc...They get their story too...Eventually and UNFORTUNATELY as time passes this baby girl will disappear from the spotlight but, right now it's HER time...Please if you know of any recent reports of a child just disappearing in the middle of the night from it's own home that wasn't stolen by a family member or a runaway DO SHARE. I have a feeling that type of case would make front page news...At least those other cases have leads. There is no lead...More than likely this child is GONE unless they end up finding something that links it to mom and dad...So far it doesn't seem that way...

      October 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gooner

      Having to watch a cereal commercial before the video made me puke in my mouth a little...

      October 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. truthbtold

    This video was taken when? it looks like 4 or 5 months ago..the baby in this video is probably about 5 or 6 months old... alot could have changed since this was put on video...just saying

    October 14, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©


    This is the one being featued.
    If you know the names and have information on some of them, please alert some media.
    That would be great.

    October 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©


    I agree.

    October 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • proofreader33

      Me too, agreed!

      October 15, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Skippy

    There is nothing wrong with featuring this one MISSING CHILD! Featuring on one may find one and may help others with missing children to find theirs. This epidemic of missing children/babies must be put to and end and NOW!

    October 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |


    October 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    We all know many thousands of kids go missing each year! If only 1 is found this year it is worth the effort to keep looking & keep her/his name in the media! Our kid are the most valuable persons in a familys life! Having them makes a family just that, a family! Thoughts & prayers go out to these parents living their worst nightmare, right now!!

    October 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©


    We get your point, however badly you put it.
    Show a little compassion for one, and you show compassion for all.
    All of the parents of the missing hurt.
    Deny this parent's pain, and you deny them all.
    The big picture scenario isn't always applicable...

    I really, really hope that this child is found, as I hope all of the missing children are: alive and well.

    October 15, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. dollsaga

    reports says: the video was taken when the baby was 3 and a half months old, now she is 11 months old and has 2 bottom teeth. why the family doesnt want to offer more recent photos and videos? a baby's look changes everyday during her infancy. the family is strange.

    October 15, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • paulasue

      agreed dollsaga! i thought that was odd! at least a recent pic!

      October 15, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sanders

    To all parents with little kids...don't let the children stay out of your sight...

    October 15, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |

    something fisshy happen,,

    October 15, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rosey

    My opinions or lack of opinions really don't matter – think I'll just pray as much as possible for little Lisa's safe return, and that God will keep the family from breaking. This is so, so sad.

    October 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |