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Gerry and Kate McCann: Safety questions "quite frustrating for us, because Madeleine is still missing"
Gerry and Kate McCann talk to Piers Morgan tonight for the hour in a worldwide exclusive about the search for their daughter Madeleine four years later. They discuss the search, the emotional toll and their new book.
In this clip, Morgan questions the couple about the safety of the complex where Madeleine disappeared. "We did what we thought was best in the kid's routines," said Gerry. "I take your point, but for me, if your children are asleep upstairs in a bedroom, and you're dining in the garden, you're out of sight and you can't hear them. And that's the similar thing to me." But The McCann also spoke about the frustration of the safety questions.
"I think the worst thing, about the focus on our behavior – and if we could change it we would have, we can't change it – but it takes the focus away from the abductor," said Gerry. "And that becomes quite frustrating for us, because Madeleine is still missing."
Watch the full interview tonight at 9pmET/PT [2am GMT in UK/PT].
in piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com, May 11 2011 (article cached by google)
under the age of four were left asleep, alone for various nights in a row.
Piers Morgan (PM) - Gerry, I mean, a difficult question, but obviously the resort you were in, had lots of nanny facilities, and they weren't that expensive to use, and you are both professionals earning money. Another criticism that is put to you is: why didn't you just pay to have a nanny if you wanted to go out for dinner?
Gerry McCann (GM) - Yeah, I mean, it's not a question of money. We did what we thought was best with the kids routines, and... I think as parents, ahm, we were, we had a very good routine in terms of the whole bar, bed story, type of thing. And, and, I take your point but for me, you know, if your children are asleep upstairs in a bedroom and you're dining in the garden, you're out of sight and can't hear them. Ahm, and that's the similar thing to me, we were...
PM - Except, I guess, that most peoples homes are secure, you know?
GM - Sure.
PM - This was not a secure property, people could come in and off the street if they wanted to, that, that's were the criticism, I guess, comes at its most fierce towards you. You're intelligent people and you're certainly good parents, no one is questioning that, from all the accounts that we've all heard. It's just, when you're having people coming in and off a street like that, and it's not your home, and it's not really secure.
GM - Again, that it's back to the safety issue, we did not perceive an element of threat, and... Child abductions is so rare, why would you have ever have thought that someone was going to get in the apartment and steal your child? (clip cut) It just didn't enter our head, if it had, it wouldn't have happened...
Kate McCann - You're right. We've been trough all of this questions, day in day out, why, how, why... And I can only, you know, say to myself: Well, Kate you felt really safe and I know how much I love my children, and there's no way I'd taken a risk.
GM - I think the worst thing about the focus on our behaviour is, and you know, if we could change it, we would, we can't change it but it takes the focus away from the abductor [notice the smirk whilst Gerry mentions the word abductor], and that becomes quite frustrating for us because, Madeleine is still missing, and those, that person, or those responsible for taking her, are still at large.