Parents (Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin) of Missing Baby Lisa Irwin Hire Attorney Joe Tacopina, Former Joran Van der Sloot Lawyer


The case of missing Lisa Irwin just went from one of focus on trying to find a missing 11 month old baby to one of trying to protect or hide what the parents of missing baby Lisa might know. As investigators try and find missing Lisa Irwin … enter Joe Tacopina to represent the Missouri family, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin. Of course this begs the question, why would the Irwin family need an attorney?

High profile attorney Joe Tacopina, yes the same Joe Tacopina that represented Joran Van der Sloot, the suspect in the death and disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba, has been hired by by the Irwin family. The question that comes to mind is, why? Why would Tacopina need to be hired? The family has to feel that the focus is on them and that investigators feel that the parents stories just don’t add up. Some body knows something more than they are saying.

Lisa Irwin has been missing in Kansas City, MO since October 4, 2011. She was reported missing when her father returned home at 4 AM to discover that baby Lisa was not in her bedroom.  It was initially believed the infant was abducted from her crib.

What a coincidence that Tacopina would now be representing a client who has changed her story regarding the events that took place of her missing child and one who failed a lie detector test. A lying client, really, sounds like Joran all over again. Now we find out that Lisa Irwin’s mother was drunk at the time her baby went missing. Watch the VIDEO from FOX News with Megyn Kelly … Deborah Bradley admits she was drunk at the time of the disappearance. The mom claims she was drunk and passed out on the day of Lisa’s disappearance and does not remember checking on the baby after 6 pm.   Now the attorney cover up begins as Tacopina states that the family will be doing no more interviews.

Tacopina said that the couple will not be doing any more television or radio interviews for the time being. He expressed his belief that the focus needs to stay on finding Lisa.

Tacopina said multiple times that he did not want to criticize the police investigation, but did express a desire for a more “boots on the ground” approach and said he wished certain unnamed things would have been done earlier.

To get more updates, provide your opinion and read others, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Lisa Irwin.

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    19 Responses to “Parents (Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin) of Missing Baby Lisa Irwin Hire Attorney Joe Tacopina, Former Joran Van der Sloot Lawyer”

    1. Moi on October 18th, 2011 7:09 am

      A couple quetions. Hope someone knows the answer.

      One, where were all 3 of her children while she was in the store with her brother? In the car or left @ home?

      Two, have heard 2 different times she claims to have last seen her baby. First @ 10:30pm. Second was around 6:30pm when she supposedly put the baby girl down for bed. I assume she drank enough to pass out and be unable to care for her kids either way.

      Third, I read where she claims she “hasn’t questioned” her boys on the disappearance. have police questioned the boys?

    2. Buster on October 18th, 2011 8:32 am

      Cant help but wonder what rock old bald taco slithered out from ???

    3. Robots on October 18th, 2011 10:31 am

      these people make me sick. the father did the clean up job. she was so drunk he had to.

      ROBOTS :)

    4. NGBoston on October 18th, 2011 12:16 pm

      Joe Taco? Well, suppose that might be a little better than JOSE THE CLOWN BAEZ.

      Baez must be busy representing some other Baby Killer.

      My question to Deborah Bradley is: What happened to Baby LISA? Where is she?

      IMO, it may have been an honest “accident”-Mother panicked and is now in cover-up mode. At first I thought …possible abduction. With every update and news release that comes out—the more the entire story from Deborah and Jeremy is not adding up. Something is very hinky indeed. Since they are entitled due process—it’s a positive thing for them that they have lawyered up.

      Again, Taco I don’t admire—but he is better than Jose Baez!

    5. kitty on October 18th, 2011 3:26 pm

      in reading this post ~ J.T. quoted “boots on the ground” approach and certain unnamed things should have been done earlier… I can only imagine what he meant by that?? Mamma should have fessed up and spoke truth, THAT would have been helpful.

      THAT “boots on the ground” statement in itself makes me wonder how close by that little baby actually is. ?? is he subliminally sharing something HE knows?

      FBI keep searching and keep the pressure on.

      I just wonder too what her little boys heard that evening or if they saw their Mommy put their sister to bed and if they could tell if she was sauced then?

      So strange and getting this lawyer makes me even more suspicious that she had something to do with her daughter missing.

      Fess up Deborah. Tell the truth.

    6. hope on October 18th, 2011 7:44 pm

      I don’t have a clue about who could have,uch less, would have harmed this child; but have a hard time believing the parents are involved in her disappearance. We know there are predators who prey upon children, even toddlers; and still have a hard time applying that knowledge when faced with specific cases… its easier to blame the parents. Maybe its a defense mechanism to protect us from the unthinkable things that sick people are capable of. Just today 23 women were convicted in a child pornography case imvolving children of various ages, including toddlers, in Sweden.

    7. hope on October 18th, 2011 8:00 pm
    8. kitty on October 18th, 2011 8:15 pm

      Moi, I wondered the same and even mentioned in another post of the possibility of camera’s in the parking lot, or traffic lights in that community seeing if the baby was with them? Or her boys?

      And if the baby and her sons were NOT, WHO WAS WITH THE CHILDREN? When she went shopping with her brother. Were they using her car? His car? Who drove? Were the children in the vehicle parked when they went a shopping? Where were they? When did the brother leave his sister? Was he in the home drinking with his sister? Too many questions, not enough answers and again, for Joe T. to have mentioned that he wished unnamed things would have been done earlier… we all wish that the Mom didn’t get drunk and black out. Can someone hold that much liquor with out throwing up? ~ perhaps she was on meds and the combo made her black out? also, if folks KNEW she had a drinking problem, as mentioned in articles ~ wouldn’t they have taken responsibility & raised an alarm for their local officials/DSS to investigate such? Just wondering.
      It’s soooo sad.

    9. Moi on October 19th, 2011 7:09 am

      Hope, I understand your reluctance to want to believe that mother could have harmed that baby, but sadly it happens EVERY day. Here in my little corner of the world in the mountains of VA we had a girl who birthed a child out of wedlock hide the baby’s body with the help of her mother in a cave. She claimed the baby was born dead, but the autopsy proved otherwise. Sadly they couldn’t determine if the baby died in that cave or prior due to time it was there.

      Furthermore, the neighbors who were interviewed said they had NO IDEA the daughter was even pregnant! She and her parents hid it for the entire time. Why would they? Well…it’s because the father/grandfather of that little baby was an “upstanding citizen” and well known PREACHER in the community. Now, maybe not to much. The 3 lived together. He knew his daughter was pregnant and knew the baby went missing. I’m thinking the plan was to dispose of the baby the entire time soon as it was born.

      All that said, mothers who really don’t want their kids do kill them. If the woman who has a 10 month old missing and 2 young boys at home cared at all, she’d not be getting drunk when in charge of the household.

      Not trying to be mean to you, but there is evil out there and it is NOT a mental illness, it is evil pure and simple. Sadly, this is often in the form of a mother.

    10. Moi on October 19th, 2011 8:57 am

      I reread my post and see it’s misleading in one respect. I posted the father/grandfather of the baby. What I should say is the father of the baby’s mom an grandfather of the baby. He didn’t commit incest…just to be clear. The real baby daddy has remained silent…if he even knows he was the baby’s father at all!

    11. skat on October 19th, 2011 3:53 pm

      By “admitting” she was drunk, she has a ready made excuse for not remembering anything. Now, she claims she “blacked out” and has altered the time she put the baby down AND now says she remembers going by the boys room but doesn’t remember going by the baby’s room (’cause of the drinking). WHAT?? Was she Blacked out or not?

      Look at how defiant she is in the Fox Interview with Meghen Kelly. She acts like Kelly is stupid for asking questions about her ever changing story. Gone are the tears. Wouldn’t the natural reaction be:”My baby is gone ’cause I was drunk”, not “You can’t touch me, I was drunk.”

      Can we please have Meghen Kelly conduct Interviewing 101 for the rest of the media? She is the only one who grilled this woman the way she deserved.

    12. on October 19th, 2011 9:33 pm

      I’ve followed the story about Baby Lisa as much as I could even though we were traveling. What happened, I don’t know; but you cannot determine the guilt of someone when they’ve had enough and go out and hire a lawyer. The police have dogged this couple for over a week before they did hire a lawyer. The fact that Tacopina got his nose in it is sickening but not surprising since it’s become high profile.

      The police claimed to the mother that she failed a lie detector – but unfortunately, police can lie about that. I have resolved that I would NEVER take a police lie detector because of their ability to lie about the results to those that take the test. I would demand an independent source.

      Next, while indeed mothers and fathers do kill their children (like Casey Anthony did to poor little Caylee), there are also innocent parents who have been accused and dogged by police because either the police can’t find the real culprit or because they are incompetent.

      Something smells bad about this case – mainly because of the three missing cell phones story; but I’m not ready to determine that one or both of the parents are guilty.

      Yes, I’d like to hear what the other children saw, heard, etc. about mother’s and Lisa’s behavior that day.

    13. hope on October 19th, 2011 10:01 pm


      I understand, exactly, what you’re saying and I agree… it’s a sad state of affairs when parents, especially mothers; abuse, neglect and kill their own children. It happens all the time, but not everytime. There are exceptions. I suppose it is because of those exceptions that I tend to give parents the benefit of the doubt.

      Thanks for your kindness and concern. You couldn’t have disagreed in a more diplomatic fashion… I appreciate it!


    14. hope on October 19th, 2011 10:47 pm


      Here’s a news clip about what can happen when justice goes awry:

    15. NGBoston on October 20th, 2011 3:30 am

      I heart Meghan Kelly, Blink@ Blink on Crime and Valhall at the Hinky Meter.

      Blink and Valhall have been posting some interesting articles about this case and I think their theories are correct-a-mundo as Arthur Fonzarelli would have said.

      BARBARA- Where is Baby Lisa??? She knows—that Egg Donor KNOWS!

    16. Missing Lisa Irwin: Police & Investigators Show Up to Home of Missing Baby Lisa with Shovels, Bomb Detection Devices to Search KC Home & Yard of Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley | Scared Monkeys on October 20th, 2011 8:48 pm

      [...] Lisa Irwin. A search warrant was served on the parents of missing baby Lisa prior to the search. Joe Tacopina, the parents newly hired attorney, questioned the need for the warrant stating that authorities “can go in and out any time,” [...]

    17. kitty on October 20th, 2011 9:54 pm

      the LE are crossing their T’s and dotting their I’s on this one and good for them to do so.

      Why the Mother doesn’t just come out and say where that baby is, is just awful.

      Did the LE try to call the cell phones and see if the phones rang??? I’d be curious on that.

      And… of all the lawyers to get, makes one wonder if he contacted them like an ambulance chaser does for a quick buck.

    18. Sugar on October 22nd, 2011 7:43 pm

      Why is Deborah’s last name not IRWIN? Is she one of these libbers’ who won’t give up her maiden name? Why not be hyphenated? as in Bradley-Irwin? like so many other dip $hit women.
      SM: Because she’s still married to her estranged husband and not married to Jeremy Irwin the father of Lisa even though they live together. (klaasend)

    19. m. Musso on January 2nd, 2015 9:04 pm

      The truth will eventually be known. This couple has not been forthcoming on every detail .

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