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Prominent private investigator Bill Stanton joins search for missing Kansas City baby Lisa Irwin

Police deny claim that arrest imminent in Lisa Irwin case
Lisa Irwin Kansas City Police Department/AP Photo

(CBS/KCTV/AP) KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bill Stanton, a private investigator who has done work for national networks, is now assisting in the search for missing baby Lisa Irwin. The infant's first birthday is now only a month away.

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Stanton, a former New York City police officer known as "Wild Bill," told CBS affiliate KCTV that he wants "a happy ending" to the case that has increasingly captivated the nation.

Stanton said he and his team are now assisting baby Lisa's parents, Debbie Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, in the quest to find their missing daughter. However, the family has not hired him.

"I will be asking questions," Stanton said, reports the station. "I am not here to defend or represent anyone. I have been asked to come out here and to find Lisa and to find the perpetrator or perpetrators."

Capt. Steve Young of the Kansas City Police Department said Wednesday morning that private investigators have no more access to crime scene evidence than the general public. He also stressed that private investigators are not sworn officers and the department is currently checking on what police are obligated to enforce as far as Stanton not being licensed to work in Missouri.

Stanton has been a contributor for ABC, NBC, Good Morning America and the Today Show. He said he was "asked" to do "an independent investigation," but did not say who had asked him to do so.

Lisa Irwin, who turned 11 months old on Tuesday, was reported missing by her parents around 4 a.m. on Oct. 3. Her parents say she was snatched from her crib as she slept.

Stanton said he understands the suspicions of her parents, saying, "That's fair."

"Keep one eye on them, but keep the other eye out for the streets," Stanton said. "There is a bad guy out there or bad people with this child. We want to get this child home safe and sound. That's the ultimate goal for everyone. Let's have a happy ending."

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