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PREVIOUS: Missing girl's family gets attorney, father questioned

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Misty and Dan Morrissey have consulted an attorney following what they describe as aggressive questioning by authorities in the search for their daughter, 10-year-old Lyric Cook, and their niece, 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins.

On Thursday, family members said publicly the parents of Lyric Cook would no longer speak to the media or police and would not take any more polygraph tests after consulting an attorney.

On Friday morning, Misty Morrissey contacted KWWL, saying she wanted to set the record straight.

"We were woke up in the middle of the night after we'd fallen asleep after the sixth night by the DCI. We were put into rooms and we were for three hours accused of taking our children. Told that we did it, that we need to tell them where the children are at. It was a pretty intense coercion," Misty Morrissey said. "So at that point, just being regular people off the street, we thought we might need just some legal representation or advice."

Tammy Brousseau, who is the aunt of 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook, said authorities seem to be treating Misty and Dan Morrissey as suspects.  Both have criminal records.

Misty Cook-Morrissey has a meth-related drug charge and guilty plea from more than ten years ago.  Dan Morrissey's record includes drug charges, burglary, and a domestic assault causing bodily injury, according to Iowa Courts Online.

On Thursday, a judge granted a prosecution request to put Dan Morrissey under pretrial supervision for an upcoming trial on drug charges scheduled for September. That means parole officers will monitor Morrissey to make sure he doesn't violate the terms of his release.

According to Brousseau, Dan and Misty also had a no contact order with each other, but it has been modified in light of the search for their daughter.

Brousseau says the family has nothing to hide about their past.

On Thursday, Black Hawk County Chief Deputy Rick Abben said if the parents decided not to cooperate, it would be a "distraction" in the investigation. He says the parents are not suspects and their criminal background was known to authorities on the first day of the investigation.

On Thursday night, most of the family were seen at the law enforcement mobile command center located at Poyner Elementary. It's not clear what was discussed, but as they left, Misty and Dan Morrissey shook hands with investigators, and Misty yelled to media stationed outside that there was no new information.

Lyric and Elizabeth were last seen on Friday of last week when they went on a bike ride. Their bikes were found near Meyers Lake in Evansdale. An FBI dive team is searching the lake, but authorities do not believe the girls are there. Authorities also have checkpoints set up around Evansdale to ask drivers if they've seen the missing girls.

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