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Quote of the Day - Looking back on the Madeleine Case

Asked, she said that before they left she took some precautions, namely she put the remedies inside a purse, in her room, inside the wardrobe or the dresser. These were medicines with the name of "Calpol" (paracetamol) and "Nurofen" (Ibuprofen), analgesics and antipyretic, for feverish states and pains in adults and children (liquid form for children) dosages. In this purse there was also a small pair of scissors. In the kitchen there were cutting elements used to prepare the meals and which were not put out of sight. During their trips it was normal for them to take these medicines. During these holidays she never gave any medicine to her children, nor did Gerry. She now states that Gerry took medicine for acidity called Losec (omeprozole) which they also possessed (...) on the 3rd they left the apartment leaving the children asleep. Knowing that Madeleine sometimes woke and got up, she was not concerned in leaving her alone, because when that happened, which wasn't always, it would be around 02H00-03H00, time they would be already back to the apartment.

Kate Healy McCann extract from the second Statement to the Judiciary Police on 6, September 2007


  1. Great irresponsibility, leaving the children alone when they knew Maddie used to wake up.

    Even if they all would sleep like a stone, they should have shown more responsibility.

    The children the whole day at the creche, and all by themselves in the evening?
    Surprised that Maddie was a screaming child, like I read somewhere? Children feel that they are left alone.

  2. This is very strange, I have always been under the impression that the police found no medicins in the apartment 5A, but maybe I got it wrong. Those children, were left exposed to all kind of dangers, the knives weren't put away in a out of reach place, I wonder if the matches or lighters were also within their reach, not to mention any cleaning products, bleach for instance.And still the parents do not admit to any wrong-doing, their decision to leave the children was reasonably good parenting!More, the social services, both portuguese and british also saw no fault in this!!!


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