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Kansas City police say parents of missing baby cooperative

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 | 1:30 p.m. CDT; updated 12:30 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 10, 2011

KANSAS CITY — The parents of a 10-month-old Kansas City girl who disappeared from her bed days ago have been cooperative and aren't considered suspects, police said, as federal agents searched the family's home with dogs.

Lisa Irwin was last seen around 10:30 p.m. Monday when her mother put her to bed. Her father, an electrician, discovered Lisa missing when he got home around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday from a late-night shift at work, police said.

Police have said they are investigating the possibility that someone entered the home through a front window and kidnapped the baby, but they have not pointed to any sign of forced entry.

On Wednesday, FBI agents with dogs searched the family's home, a light-green, ranch-style home in a cozy neighborhood along a winding street. An FBI spokeswoman acknowledged the agency was committing significant resources to the search but declined to discuss why the agents entered the home or what they found.

City police meanwhile combed a nearby wooded area and knocked on doors in the neighborhood to find out what people saw. Neighbors have been reluctant to talk to the media and on Tuesday shooed reporters away from their homes.

Kansas City Police Capt. Steve Young said investigators interviewed the girl's parents until about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday but did not take them into custody. He declined to say where the parents are now.

"They were cooperative, but at this point we have next to nothing to go on," Young said.

He said police have invited the parents to address the media, but they had not taken up that offer as of early Wednesday afternoon.

Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp said the lack of leads was frustrating.

"We're just waiting for the right tip to come in," Snapp said.

He said a report that a neighbor saw a man in the neighborhood carrying a baby overnight Tuesday "went nowhere."

Lisa has blue eyes and blond hair. She is 30 inches tall and weighs around 28 pounds, police said, and was wearing purple shorts and a purple shirt with white kittens on it.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children said it is doing all it can to assist in the investigations.

The center's president, Ernie Allen, was cautiously hopeful Lisa would be found, and said that of 278 infant abductions nationwide over the past 28 years, only 12 of those children didn't come home safely.

An Amber Alert issued for Lisa Tuesday morning was called off after 12 hours. Police said that was just a formality because the alerts are designed to raise awareness early in an investigation.

"Generally early notification is to provide key information about these cases through an Amber Alert, then they move on to other kinds of public awareness and media," Allen said. "The full explanation is that Amber Alerts are meant to be the initial call ... to mobilize the eyes and ears of the public."

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