Couple charged with child neglect at island festival after leaving son outside hotel
by Derek Alexander
A HOSPITAL doctor and her surgeon partner have been charged with neglect over claims they left their toddler son outside a bar.
Paediatrician Suzanne Wills, 37, and consultant Graeme Smith, 41, had been on a camping trip at an island music festival when they allegedly left the three-year-old boy strapped into a bicycle trailer.
The couple, from Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, were quizzed by police after attending last weekend's Isle of Jura music festival.
One witness said yesterday: "It appeared that the child was outside alone on what was a very cold night while the couple were inside the bar."
The couple were in the Isle of Jura* hotel when police were called around 10pm last Saturday.
The Islay-based officers were on Jura for the annual folk music festival, which attracts around 200 people.
The family were camping in a tent pitched close to the Isle of Jura Hotel, which was busy with revellers.
Police were contacted by a concerned member of the public.
One festival goer saw the couple earlier in the evening. She said: "The child was in the bar for a while but it was mobbed and there was a lot of noise.
"Many people had a lot to drink and it was perhaps not the best environment for a young kid."
Smith is a consultant bowel surgeon at Glasgow's Southern General Hospital while his partner specialises in the treatment of sick children.
Police have sent a report on the incident to the procurator fiscal, who will decide whether to take any action.
If found guilty of child neglect, the couple could face jail and their son could be taken into care. But last night, they denied the charges and blamed a "misunderstanding".
A statement from the couple said: "We love our son dearly. We have never and would never do anything to harm him.
"We deny this allegation, which we find horrifying. We believe the charge to be due to a misunderstanding.
"Our lawyers are seeking a meeting with the Crown to put matters right. We have taken the appropriate steps to inform the medical authorities."
But an NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde spokeswoman said: "We are not aware of this incident." (...)
in Sunday Mail, Oct 3 2010
* The Isle of Jura is in the Inner Hebrides, to the west of mainland Scotland, and at a similar latitude to Glasgow.
Kate studied medicine at the University of Dundee, in Scotland. She initially specialised in gynaecology but later changed to become an anaesthetist.
She first met husband Gerry McCann at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow, Scotland.
extract from the McCannFiles
Addendum: Oh yeah, almost forgot Kate McCann came, 'prayed' et didn't vici - read comments on previous post, on twitter here and here or read our friends at Anorak on the autophagic nature of the UK media infotainment news.
Tears for the Media, thanks to H. at the McCann Gallery
Team McCann PR's wired press release
«Madeleine's mother in Portugal trip
Kate McCann this weekend has returned to Portugal, where her young daughter Madeleine went missing in May 2007.
Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said it was one of a number of recent visits she had made to see friends in the country.
The mother-of-three from Rothley in Leicestershire, who is a devout Catholic, was seen praying in the Nossa Senhora da Luz church near where her daughter disappeared.
A small team of private investigators led by Dave Edgar is still looking for Madeleine.
The little girl was three years old when she went missing from her family's holiday flat in Praia da Luz in the Algarve, while her parents dined with friends nearby.»
in Press Association (UKPA), already published in various UK media word by word (sic); likely to hit the World news agencies, and subsequently various newspapers published in a multitude of languages - great nauseating journalism, eh?
McCann Sympathy Running Out
April, 30 2009 via Murdoch's SkyNews for future memory
related: Tapas Cook Breaks Silence and talks about the McCanns - May, 3 2008