KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) — Self-proclaimed psychic Stephanie Almaguer is pleading for people to stop attacking her children who she admits assist in her psychic visions in missing persons’ cases, including the case of missing Missouri baby Lisa Irwin.
Stephanie believes Baby Lisa drowned in an accident and that her body was placed in a hole with water. “She’s in a hole, and it was a hole that carried water,” Stephanie said.
Deborah Bradley, 25, and Jeremy Irwin, 30, parents of then-10-month-old Baby Lisa say she was abducted from her crib between the hours of 6:40 p.m. Oct. 3 and 3:45 a.m. Oct. 4. Two months later, Baby Lisa remains missing.
Visions Stephanie posted on her blog about the Baby Lisa case resulted in online attacks against her and her children, as well as personsal attacks to her children in their local community.
The public learned Stephanie’s children were involved in her readings because she brought her son, Trevor, on HLN’s Vinnie Politan Show last week.
Stephanie said her children, a daughter and son, provide her with drawings and writings of their visions. She said she doesn’t post the children’s visions online and only uses them when creating her drawings and writings which she does share on her blog.
Stephanie wrote on Wednesday, “If anyone watched HLN / CNN … & Fox News – you now know … My children have this gift also …” She explains about how she gives them a sheet of paper so they can “share their drawings, readings, etc.”
“But I never post anywhere, their drawings, readings, etc. … And I’m sure most of you know why!”
Stephanie has been publicly attacked and humiliated by people leaving comments to her blog, various forums, Facebook, and other sites. Something that doesn’t set well with her son who is at an age where he’ll want to fight back.
Stephanie has repeatedly tried to defend herself and her children online, which seemed to make matters worse.
She explained that all of the scrutiny and abusive behavior upset her son, Trevor, and that when Vinnie Politan asked her to come on the show she reluctantly agreed and decided to bring her son on the show.
“He [Trevor] asked me if he could please go with me, and let EVERYONE know – I wasn’t ‘crazy or lying’ … I told him it didn’t matter and I didn’t think it was a good idea … But he was adamant … So I decided it was OK … right or wrong decision, it’s done.”
She pleaded for haters to comment elsewhere, not on her blog, and asked the public to leave her minor son out of this.
“He is very intelligent, and knows so much for his age …,” Stephanie said. “He also is a very honest individual and believes in so many things, even beyond his ability … probably due to his high intelligence.”
Stephanie explains her son was nervous on the show but overall he did what he thought was right.
“Some will be happy for this – Some will not … But it is what it is & he felt the need to be honest & tell everyone re: his involvement … I thought it was brave of him, I only pray he doesn’t regret it later.”
Last Sunday evening Websleuths Blogtalk Radio show host Tricia Griffith asked Levi Page, who has followed Baby Lisa’s case and who has his own show The Levi Page Show, to discuss what he knows about Stephanie.
Psychics and missing persons cases
Physics and those proclaiming to have “visions” or “dreams” about missing persons have been heavily scrutinized because law enforcement and family members whose loved ones are or have been missing say they don’t help, that they haven’t found a missing person, and that they only serve to interfere in investigations, raise family members hopes only to dash them.
Familiy members say they’ve spent thousands of dollars only to have their hopes shattered and their loved ones not found. Some parents say they’ve been told their loved one is dead and provided detailed descriptions of how they died which is very painful to hear. Especially since they are not successful in finding their loved one.
The topic of missing persons and the involvement of psychics in them remains very controversial because psychics strongly believe what they see in their visions and dreams are real.
They do, however, admit that what they see hardly ever leads to missing loved ones. Some say they believe they may hold little pieces of a bigger puzzle.
Stephanie Almaguer said in her case, she’s had nearly zero percent luck in finding missing persons. But, she said, that’s not going to stop her from sharing what she sees in the hope that it might help bring someone home.
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- Slideshow: Photos of Baby Lisa
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Baby Lisa Irwin was reported missing Oct. 4, 2011, at around 4 a.m. Her parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, say she was abducted from her crib. Their repeated inconsistent stories and refusal to cooperate with police have placed them under a cloud of suspicion by police and the public.
An anonymous donor has offered a $100,000 reward for the safe return of Baby Lisa or for information that leads to a conviction of her abductor.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the TIP Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.