Sunday, November 6, 2011

#LisaIrwin:Samantha Brando Emerging As Key Witness (Nov 3rd)

Different news sources published timelines yesterday, detailing the events of Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, when baby Lisa Irwin disappeared from her crib in Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas City Star said its timeline was provided by a source familiar with the family's recollection of the events. KCTV 5 said its timeline is based on what Lisa Irwin's family and witnesses told police, suggesting the possibility that the information came from someone in the police department. Both reports provide information suggesting that Bradley and Irwin's next-door neighbor may be a key witness.

NBC published a similar, less detailed, timeline today, attributing its information to a source who has had direct contact with multiple family members including Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin.

Samantha Brando's Visit

The new timelines differ in some details, including a visit by Deborah Bradley's next-door neighbor and drinking companion Samantha Brando. The Star doesn't specify when Brando arrived at the Bradley-Irwin home Oct. 3 but describes it after saying Bradley's brother Phillip Netz and husband Jeremy Irwin had left the house, potentially placing her arrival later than 5:30 p.m. Netz was said to have left shortly after 5 p.m. and Irwin a half-hour later. Bradley put Lisa in her crib at 6:40 according to this source, while Brando headed for the store to buy liquor, returning about 7 p.m.

KCTV 5's source says Brando was at Bradley's house before Netz and Bradley left for Festival Foods at about 5 p.m. but her whereabouts while they were shopping is unknown. According to KCTV 5, it was 6 p.m., not 6:40 when Brando made her booze run, and about 6:30, not 7, when she returned. According to this report, Brando's 4-year-old daughter reported seeing baby Lisa at about 6:30, the same time it says Bradley put the baby to bed, while Samantha Brando last saw the baby at 4:30 p.m.

The NBC report says Brando returned to the Bradley home briefly at 6 then left, and otherwise concurs with the KCTV 5 report on timing of the visit.

Missing from the Timelines

The timelines omit key information concerning Brando and her daughter. The Star and KCTV 5 reports place Brando on the front stoop with Bradley drinking for three and one-half to four hours. Neither mentions whether Brando entered the Bradley home at any time during this interval to use the bathroom or check on her 4-year-old daughter inside the home.

The Star timeline has Brando leaving Bradley's home when Bradley said she was going to bed at 10:30 p.m. KCTV places Brando outside talking to another neighbor until 11:30 p.m. when she went inside and went to bed. The report asserts that the lights were off in the Bradley-Irwin home at 11:30, with Brando saying no abduction could have taken place before 11:30.

Where was Brando's 4-year-old daughter from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.? Neither report attributes any time for Brando taking her child out of Bradley's home or putting her to bed. Addressing this critical omission could potentially leave room in the timeline for removal of baby Lisa from the Irwin home earlier than 11:30 p.m.

Irwin's Return

Both KCTV 5 and the Star reports state that Irwin left Starbucks to return home at 3:45 a.m. Oct. 4. KCTV 5 notes that police have been able to verify that Irwin was at Starbucks "until about 3:30 p.m."

The Star and KCTV 5 timelines provide discrepant descriptions involving Lisa's room on Irwin's return home. The Star says the baby's door was open but Irwin didn't peek inside. KCTV 5 says Irwin doesn't remember whether the door was open. Bradley was still asleep at this time by both reports, so the information could only have come from Irwin. Both reports say he checked the boys' room and saw his son in bed, went into his and Bradley's bedroom and spoke with Bradley, then "realized he had not checked on Lisa." The NBC timeline merely notes that Irwin checked on Lisa without providing further details.

All three reports note that on finding Lisa missing, Irwin ran to Brando's house to see if Brando had the baby. Brando asked why the baby would be with her and not at home, the KCTV 5 and Star reports said.

Brando may have a more significant role in the investigation into what happened to baby Lisa than previously reported, given these new details.