Lisa Irwin

Mother of Lisa Irwin’s half-brother seeks custody

Updated: 2011-11-16T00:53:52Z

The Kansas City Star

The mother of Jeremy Irwin’s oldest child has filed a court petition involving custody of their son, according to the mother’s lawyer.

Rasleen Raim, the mother of the 8-year-old boy, filed the petition in Clay County, said attorney Dorothy Savory. It seeks to modify the parents’ child custody and visitation agreement and includes an emergency motion for temporary custody of the boy, Savory said.

“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.”

Her son was in the Irwin home the night his half-sister, 10-month-old Lisa Irwin, vanished in early October, six weeks ago today. Another half-brother, who turned 6 on Monday, also was in the Kansas City home that night. He is the son of Deborah and Sean Bradley.

New York Lawyer Joe Tacopina, who is representing Irwin and Deborah Bradley, reacted harshly to reports of the petition, calling them “unbelievable.”

“I don’t think it will be a serious challenge,” Tacopina said.

Tacopina said he spent the day interviewing a witness in the case and being with the family as they settled back into their home on North Lister Avenue. The couple and their children haven’t lived there since Lisa disappeared.

“They have to get some normality back into their lives, particularly for the boys,” Tacopina said. “They need to be back in their own bedroom with their own clothes and toys.”

Bradley had a difficult moment as she walked into Lisa’s bedroom and looked into the empty crib.

“She was very emotional,” Tacopina said.

The couple had been staying with a relative at another Northland home.

Meanwhile, investigators continued to track down some of the 1,315 tips they have received in the case that have come from across the country. Police said they had “talked to everyone they wanted to” and were not looking for anyone specific to question despite television reports that indicated there was a “new witness” in the case.

Aspects of the case that have been reported by media outlets as developments in recent weeks mostly involve information that police knew early in the investigation, police said. That includes information about the use of Bradley’s cell phone, police said. Bradley reported the phone, and two others, stolen with the baby.

The phone was used at 11:56 p.m. the night Lisa vanished and also early the next morning. Although attorneys for Bradley and Irwin have released some information about the use of the phone, police declined to release specific information, saying, “It’s a pretty big part of our investigation.”

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