Missouri Parents Plead for the Return of Their Missing Infant

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Lisa Irwin, a 10-month-old girl who vanished from her Missouri home Monday night

In a tearful televised plea, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin begged for the safe return of their missing 10-month-old girl, Lisa Irwin, who vanished from their home in Kansas City, Mo. Monday night.

Bradley said she put Lisa Irwin to bed at 10:30 p.m, and by 3:30 a.m. when Jeremy Irwin, an electrician, arrived home from a late-night shift, the baby was gone. The couple appeared before cameras, imploring their daughter’s abductor to return Lisa Irwin somewhere safe, no questions asked. “We just want our baby back,” Bradley said.

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Local law enforcement and FBI agents used dogs to search the family’s home and neighborhood, knocking on doors for any information on tips or sightings. “All we know is that there should’ve been a 10-month-old in that house and we are doing everything we can to find the kid,” Capt. Steve Young of the Kansas City police department told MSNBC. Young said authorities are not ruling anything out but there are no suspects thus far.

Police are unsure about how someone broke into the house, but are considering a small window without a screen as a possibly entry point, according to the Today show. Police also discovered there are three missing cell phones from the household. Lisa Irwin was last seen wearing a purple shirt with white kittens and purple shorts. She weighs between 26 and 30 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair.

Along with local and federal law enforcement support, the parents have also been in contact with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. According to the NCMEC,  since 1986, there have been 278 stranger kidnappings of infants and in all but 12 cases, the children have been safely returned, the Today show reports.

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