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Three year-old feared abducted in Portugal
By staff and agencies
12:01AM BST 04 May 2007
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A three-year-old British girl has gone missing while on a family holiday in Portugal, the Foreign Office said today.
Portuguese police are investigating the disappearance from a holiday complex in Praia da Luz in the western Algarve.
A Foreign Office spokesman said that he understood the girl's parents had gone to have dinner once their children were asleep last night, but returned to check on them only to find the girl had gone missing.
"They reported it straight away," he said, adding that consular assistance was being offered.
Originally posted by ipsedixit
Mr. Bennett has been sentenced to three years imprisonment, suspended for one year (whatever that means), plus court costs.
This is purely speculation, but this is what I suspect happened...
How many parents would leave a child just shy of 4 years old and a 2 year old alone in an apartment? Not only is it seriously neglectful, It couldn't practically be done. One or both wouldn't sleep soundly enough to be left. One or both would wake up and be distressed - assuming they'd go to sleep in the first place! Any parent will tell you this.
Now, there is a way around that little problem, given that both parents are doctors, and that is to drug the children so that they are unconscious and therefore freeing the McCanns to go out and play.
Obviously, drugs can be very dangerous and here I suspect Madeleine was either given an accidental overdose or she had a reaction to the drug that resulted in her death. After that it's all down to the McCanns lying to cover it up.
Unfortunately, in such a situation the trier of fact may easily be misled as to both the accuracy and precision of the dog's actions: Accuracy in the sense that the dog (depending upon its level of training) may be reacting to something other than residual scent from decomposed human tissue; precision in that the dog may be reacting correctly to the scent of decomposed human tissue, but imprecise in the sense that the dog is not differentiating between whose decomposed human tissue is giving the scent. Further, there may be legitimate reasons for the scent being there: someone may have been injured and left bloody clothing there, someone may have left a used sanitary napkin, etc. Our research demonstrates that residual scent from decomposed human tissue persists in a closed building for many months at levels sufficient to cause a trained dog to alert.