May 14th, 2007

Mixed Messages

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

I was in the newsagents today and I saw one of the headlines which went along the lines of ’9 day’s later the Police still haven’t got a clue who took her’ or words to that effect. I’m referring to the awful situation in Portugal of the missing child, Madeleine.

I was instantly reminded of that spoof American Police Department voicemail message which starts off "Please select one of the following options: To whine about us not doing anything to solve a problem that you created yourself, press 1." *; It’s often easier to blame the police than the real cause of the problem, that being the parents of 3 children under 4 who thought it acceptable to leave the children unattended in a hotel room in a foreign country while went off to share a meal at a nearby restaurant. So they returned every half hour to check on them, as if that makes leaving the kids unattended somehow OK. I’m a parent, a lot can change in two minutes let alone 30, especially with toddlers.

Am I the only one getting fed up with all the hand-wringing in the media about how brave the parents are being and how caring they are? Is it, I wonder, anything to do with their ‘middle class’ social & financial standing that they are not being criticised more for what, had it happened down the street in one of our own towns, have probably have led to an arrest for child neglect? (oh yes, I can quote several jobs where parents have been nicked for leavig their kids unattended) I wonder if a single mother from the local scum estate had left her kids alone while she went up the road for a swift  few halfs of white cider would be subject to quite the same amount of support.

I can’t believe any parent would think it OK to do this, even at home, let alone in a holiday home in a foreign country where you haven’t got the first clue about who might have access to your flat while you’re out. If you’re thinking I’m being harsh just ask yourself this, how much cash would it take for you to not want to leave it unattended in a hotel bedroom? £100, £500, £10,000? And how much is a child worth?

It’s like those people who wouldn’t dream of driving home with a brand new 8 piece crockery set costing £150 loose on the back seat of the car but think nothing of allowing the kids to jump around without a seatbelt.

Isn’t it about time we learned what is really important in life?

 

* I’ll post the full version of this voicemail message later, for those who haven’t come across it.

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7 comments

  1. Emma says:

    You have taken the words right out of my mouth right down to the scraggy council estate couple.

    I really can’t fathom it but feel very deeply for Maddie herself and hope above all hope she returns safely.

    May 15th, 2007 at 11:49

  2. Sergeant Simon says:

    Have got to agree too. However, in a few weeks time it’ll be the police’s fault for not stopping it in the first place etc etc. I am by now also fed up with the media hand-wringing, of how inspiring the parents have been in their bravery? Inspiring? You what? Leaving kids that age unattended by themselves in a foreign country while they go and have a good time? We had a similar case but with an 12 or so year old boy not so long ago. The PC’s called me for advice, and it was (once the kindly neighbours agreed to look after the child until the partying parents returned home) to put on a crime report for neglect, and let the CPT make an appointment to interview the parents.

    Not to say I don’t feel sorry for their situation and hope the kid comes back unscathed: more the reporting of it, and how nobody seems prepare to question the circumstances in which this arose in the first place.

    May 15th, 2007 at 12:10

  3. James says:

    Hard to know what to think here. I mean, this holiday complex supposedly has staff patrolling the corridors every few minutes, and they’d call people out of the restaurant or wherever if they heard a kid crying. Would I put the same level of trust in this system as the McCanns have? No, but neither do I feel comfortable laying all the blame at their door. Being sold a bill of goods by a tour operator that can’t or won’t keep the promises it made in the brochure hardly constitutes criminal negligence.

    May 20th, 2007 at 07:59

  4. Piers says:

    I still think there’s something a little bit fishy about the parents. But yes I agree that they should at the very least be taken to court for being neglectful

    July 24th, 2008 at 00:18

  5. Linda Baki says:

    This case is very close to my heart and I have stayed with it for more than two years now….200being an ex.bobby I am most interested in your thoughts. GNR should never have allowed the mccanns back into the apartment the following day to collect belongings after forensic had entered and taken photographs. Mccann was seen on the 4th leaving the apartment with a suitcase and bucket and spades for the twins…No one checked what was in that suitcase….Have read Amarals book and inforensic photos the pink blanket was on maddies bed….it has since disappeared…tanner claimed she saw an individual with what may have been a child wrapped in a pink blanket , she later denied she mentioned a blanket. There is something very odd about this matter, having done my homework family and friends are always first interviewed and cleared before others are looked at…statistics prove that a young child is the victim of a family member or someone very close. Would enjoy your thoughts.

    July 6th, 2009 at 13:28

  6. Linda Baki says:

    This case is very close to my heart and I have stayed with it for more than two years now….200being an ex.bobby I am most interested in your thoughts. GNR should never have allowed the mccanns back into the apartment the following day to collect belongings after forensic had entered and taken photographs. Mccann was seen on the 4th leaving the apartment with a suitcase and bucket and spades for the twins…No one checked what was in that suitcase….Have read Amarals book and inforensic photos the pink blanket was on maddies bed….it has since disappeared…tanner claimed she saw an individual with what may have been a child wrapped in a pink blanket , she later denied she mentioned a blanket. There is something very odd about this matter, having done my homework family and friends are always first interviewed and cleared before others are looked at…statistics prove that a young child is the victim of a family member or someone very close. Would enjoy your thoughts.

    xxxxx

    Have tried to leave a comment but not sure I am getting through…

    July 6th, 2009 at 13:29

  7. Linda Baki says:

    http://www.fotdmike.me.uk/writings/madeleine1.html

    A must read for
    those who are still asking questions…..Are the mccanns involved.

    July 6th, 2009 at 13:38

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