A 10-month-old baby girl was reported missing on Tuesday morning. The parents of Lisa Irwin have stated that someone must have abducted their daughter. The father, Jeremy Irwin worked the previous night. Upon return, he noticed that the child was not in her crib. Both he and the mother, Deborah Bradley, say that the front door was unlocked, lights were on, and that 3 cell phones were taken. On Thursday it was reported that they have stopped cooperating with the police, and that the mother had failed a lie detector test. When I saw Deborah Bradley crying on Good Morning America, I felt the pain of a mother who is feeling a sense of loss. On the other hand, unless she is a very sound sleeper, I don’t know how she didn’t hear anything with a baby is in the house.
I remember when my children were under the age of 2. We had a baby monitor next to the bed. It was a basic model and probably ancient compared to what is out there today. You could hear every sound in the room. The monitor was so sensitive that you could hear the child breathing. Also, as a mother, your subconscious seems to take over and any noise out of the ordinary is reason to get up and investigate. My children are now elementary school age, and I still hear them when they get up at night.
Why would someone who is snatching a baby take the time to collect 3 cell phones? If anything it would aid in tracking the movement of the perpetrator. Why would they turn on all the lights if they want to go unnoticed? In this day and age, doors and windows have to be locked and secured. How so many are broken into is a mystery. For the day-to-day safety of children this young, it is important to prevent access to the outside.
I truly hope that the parents are telling the truth and by some miracle this child is found. The numbers of tragedies involving the young seems to be growing. Maybe the stresses of everyday life are taking a toll on too many adults which leads to negligent and irrational behavior. As a society we need to find better ways of coping. Our children cannot be the ones who bear the brunt of hard times, frustration, and depression. They need to be guided and protected to ensure a safe and happy life. They are the innocent.