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Maddie ‘died from tablets overdose'

Original Source: METRO: THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2007

Maddie overdosed?

Forensic evidence shows Madeleine McCann died of an overdose of sleeping pills, it was reported last night.

Bodily fluids found in the boot of the car the McCanns rented 25 days after Madeleine went missing showed she had been sedated, said a French newspaper which claimed to have seen the evidence.

France Soir said DNA results of the fluids showed the four-year-old had swallowed enough sleeping pills to 'cause an overdose'.


Guilhem Buttut, an investigative reporter, said he had seen 'hard evidence' about Madeleine's death in a report now in the hands of Portuguese prosecutors.

He said toxicological tests carried out on the liquids 'proved the little girl had ingested medicines, without doubt sleeping pills, in quantities large enough to cause an overdose'.

Sources linked to the investigation revealed earlier this week that police discovered an 88 per cent DNA match to Madeleine in the boot of the McCanns' rented Renault Scenic.

Clumps of hair were also reported to have been found in the boot, allegedly showing that her body had been in it.

Scientifically, it would be possible to test such bodily fluids for drugs, including an overdose of sleeping pills.

The news came as Portuguese media reported that police want to question Kate McCann again over the disappearance of her daughter.

Police may also quiz her about her diary. It has been suggested that the diary has been seen by detectives who took photocopies, but a request is being filed for possession so it can be examined in more detail.

Portuguese newspapers said yesterday that they had seen the photocopies of extracts.

Correio da Manha claimed Mrs McCann wrote in the diary that her children are 'hysterical' and exhausted her.

It also claimed her husband gave her little help with family chores.

It added: 'She complains frequently that her children are “hysterical” and speaks of Madeleine as a child whose excess activity exhausts her.

She tells also how Gerry doesn't help her with the family chores and that she has to cope alone with her two youngest children.'

The daily Publico claimed Mrs McCann's worries about her children's behaviour and her difficulties disciplining them were contained in the diary.

Sources close to the McCanns said they were not aware of police plans for a second interrogation.

'This is speculation, not fact,' said one.

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