Posts Tagged ‘child neglect’

Since when has the question about child neglect become so boring a subject?

June 19, 2008

I refer in the title, of course, to Gerry McCann’s outburst, at the Strasbourg press conference, when the McCanns were asked, by a Portuguese journalist, why they had left their children unsupervised on 3 May 2007.

Now, I can understand that the topic was meant to be the McCanns hijacked Amber Alert scheme. However, surely the McCanns can appreciate that the journalist was only doing his job and leaving no stone unturned in the search for truth?

Gerry McCann’s complaint was that some of the journalists were going over old ground. And, the McCanns wanted to move on. However, there are benefits of going over old ground. An example might be the gold digger Heather Mills who struck it rich with Paul McCartney. Seriously, though, it is to be expected when there is unfinnished business to attend to.

Yesterday on the 3As forum somone posted a link to a BBC News Leicester article from 4 May 2007, which was interesting in itself to see how the case was first reported before all the McCann spin took a grip. And, the question was asked whether the PJ were negligent. It might be remembered that the McCanns were quick to criticise them for not doing enough. That is, they were reluctant to go off in search of the so-called abductor. But, the available evidence pointed towards the involvment of the McCanns in the disappearance of their daughter.

As one 3As poster has observed, there are two victims in this case. And, it is not the McCanns themselves. Rather, it is Madeleine, and the freedom of the press.

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McCanns: Gospel according to John

June 10, 2008

1. Only irresponsible parents would try to claim that it was safe to leave 3 children under 4 years of age unsupervised whilst the parents went out drinking with their friends.

2. Only parents with a secret to cover up would claim that there had been a break-in, when the truth is that there was no break-in.

3. Only parents who knew that Madeleine was not out there, would stay in whilst others were outside searching for her and leaving no stone unturned.

4. Only parents who knew what happened to Madeleine would complain that the police were not doing anything, when in fact the police and PJ were conducting an investigation into a missing child report, and conducted a search of the immediate area. It follows that the parents sought the police to follow a false trail. They may have found this frustrating, but the parents would have been under suspicion from the start of the investigation until they could be eliminated. They haven’t been.

5. The police investigation was effectively hampered when Clarence Mitchell tipped off the McCanns that they were being monitored by the PJ.

6. Metodo3 is being paid £50,000 per month to lay false trails away from the McCanns door.

7. The McCanns are innocent of all charges until it is proved that they are guilty.

8. The majority of the public believe that the McCanns are guilty of something, even if it is just child neglect.

9. Madeleine is missing.

10. The neglect is a red herring to bury the fact that the McCanns know exactly what happened to Madeleine. When Gerry McCann was aghast at the irony of the same sentence for neglect as manslaughter, he could not contain himself. But once the ball was rolling the McCanns decided to roll with it. It can only roll downhill. It follows that they are not on high moral ground.

Justice for Madeleine: What does it mean?

June 6, 2008

I am aware that justice means different things to different people. In this specific case, I would say it means…

Taking as my starting point, I believe that Madeleine’s disappearance is the McCanns legal responsibility.

Whether it is believed that the McCanns killed Madeleine and then covered this up by disposing of her body, or whether it is believed that the McCanns are simply guilty of neglect, it comes down to the same thing. And that is, making the McCanns accountable in a court of law.

I don’t agree with trial by media, if it is instigated by the media. However, in this case the McCanns have chosen to play the media from the outset. They have argued that the media is useful for publishing photos of Madeleine, but a careful analysis shows that the McCanns have been riding the media tiger to put forward their defence and try and garner sympathy and support for themselves personally.

I think this approach is suspicious. It would tend to suggest that the McCanns main agenda has not been about finding Madeleine at all.

Before the question had been widely asked, it appeared as though the McCanns were saying: “Not me, Guv”.

However, nobody else is responsible for leaving Madeleine and the twins unsupervised. Recently, we had the case where a small child was being supervised by an adult. And the child was killed whilst being ridden on a mini-motorbike on a pavement. It was not responsible parenting. The adult is facing prosecution. Whilst we can have sympathy for him, nevertheless, it remains he was responsible for what befell the child. He had made the decision to take the child on the motorbike, he failed to take into account other road users could not reasonably foresee that a small motorbike would suddenly appear to come out of nowhere and crash into their vehicle.

The McCanns cannot reasonably argue that it was safe to leave 3 children under 4 years of age unsupervised.

At the very least, I would say justice for Madeleine includes a prosecution for child neglect.

Surprise Surprise

June 5, 2008

It is being reported in 24 Hours, that the McCanns are surprised it is being considered to charge them for neglect.

It might be recalled that the McCanns have issued statements claiming that the legal advice they have received states they have done nothing wrong.

Either the McCanns are lying again, or their hotshot lawyers are really incompetent.

More importantly, they are likely to face charges for manslaughter and fraud.