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UPDATE: Mom seeks custody of missing Kansas City baby's half brother

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | 1:12 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — The mother of the half brother of a Kansas City baby who has been missing for six weeks has filed a motion for temporary custody of her 8-year-old son.

Rasleen Raim, the boy's mother, filed a petition in Clay County that seeks to modify the custody and visitation agreement between herself and his father, Jeremy Irwin, her attorney Dorothy Savory told The Kansas City Star.

"Mrs. Raim has always kept her son in her thoughts and prayers," Savory said in a written statement. "Now, more than ever, she is concerned about 'her baby's' comfort and peace of mind. Rasleen misses her son and has always, and will forever, love him."

Attorneys for the family of Lisa Irwin said the boy dotes on the baby, who was reported missing Oct. 4. Her parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, said she was abducted from her crib as the family slept.

The 8-year-old boy was at home when Lisa vanished. Bradley's 6-year-old son from another relationship was also in the house that night.

Bradley and Irwin's Kansas City lawyer, John Picerno, didn't immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press. Joe Tacopina, the family's New York attorney, said the family is moving back into their house Tuesday. He said he knew nothing about the custody papers.

The mother didn't have a listed phone number. Calls to police and her attorney from the AP weren't immediately returned.

Irwin has said he discovered the baby was gone when he came home around 4 a.m. after working a late shift. He said a window was ajar, all the lights were on, the front door was unlocked and three cellphones were missing.

Bradley admits she spent the previous evening sitting outside with a neighbor, smoking cigarettes and getting drunk on boxed wine, and said she last checked on the baby around 6:30 p.m.

She has said police have accused her of being involved in the child's disappearance and that she failed a polygraph test. In tearful early statements to the media, Bradley repeatedly insisted she doesn't know what happened to her child.

Discrepancies in Bradley's story — she initially told investigators she last checked on the baby around 10:30 p.m. — and the parents' apparent unwillingness to speak separately with detectives have cast the family in a negative light.

Picerno has said the couple spoke to police for more than 30 hours before limiting contact after the questioning became "nasty." He said the police can submit new questions for the parents to him or the couple's New York attorney.


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