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unsolved case that continues to grab headlines in the U.K. On Friday,
the British Prime Minister ordered the police to reopen and review the
files of Madeleine McCann, a British girl who had gone missing four
The four-year-old disappeared from her hotel bed on a family trip to
Portugal in 2007, while her parents were dining with friends.
The initial investigation was closed in 2008, but the parents, Kate and
Gerry McCann, kept trying. They traveled back and forth from Portugal,
launched a website to help raise funds, and released a book titled
Madeleine McCann on Wednesday.
In the book,
Kate McCann claimed she may have
missed a clue on the day her daughter disappeared.
“‘But that morning,’
her Mom Kate writes, ‘Madeleine had said, ‘Why didn’t you come when Sean
and I cried last night?’’ She changes the subject quickly but Kate now
writes she might’ve missed a huge important clue. ‘It is my belief there
was somebody either in, or trying to get in, the children’s bedroom that
night.’ She also reveals a resort staff posted a note that a predator
might have seen that her children were unattended…”
The McCanns wrote a plea on Thursday to the British Prime Minister for
help. And Cameron later responded
in an open letter to The Sun, promising the help of Home Secretary and the Metropolitan Police.
But not everybody is as supportive as the Prime Minister.
A Politics Home editor says the intervention “could have
political repercussions.” He talks to a member of the Met police, who
“There is clearly an
issue about the resources being used and are they in effect saying that
the Met is the default investigator for every case in the world
involving a British citizen?”
The British press is reporting the McCanns have faced public backlash.
Some evidence of that can be found in Sky News’ reader comments, where one wrote...
“Very uncool David
Cameron. Why should the government get involved in what is basically a
Portuguese criminal case? … Will NSY prosecute [the McCanns] for child
neglect at last? They should. Bad, power crazy, money seeking people.”
a blogger for CanIDoIt.org says,
people should stop being harsh to the parents.
“…I am appalled by the
many people out there … accusing the McCann’s of child neglect and
heartlessly dismiss their desperate pleas for support… The only crime
that Kate and Gerry McCann have committed is that they thought that
their decision … to leave the children unattended would probably be OK…”
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