Madeleine McCann asked why Kate and Gerry had not gone to comfort her
cried the night before she vanished, according to reports.
The four-year-old is said to
have asked why mum Kate, 39, had left her and her twin siblings, Sean and
Amelie, to sob alone in their room the previous night.
The Spanish TV station
Telecinco made the claim as it broadcast translated copies of documents it
said were the McCanns’ police statements.
Crime reporter Nacho Abad, read
out in Spanish an excerpt of the statement he said Kate had given Portuguese
He said: “While we were having
breakfast, Maddie said, ’Mummy, why didn’t you come when we were crying last
“Gerry and I spoke for a couple
of minutes and agreed to keep a closer watch over the children.”
Parents ... Kate and Gerry McCann
On realising Madeleine had
gone, the TV station said Kate ran back to the tapas bar where her friends
were eating and shouted: “Maddie isn’t there. Someone’s taken her.”
The McCanns’ holiday pals are
previously reported to have told police Kate screamed: “Madeleine’s gone,
The reporter also told how
Gerry revealed to police in his statement that workmen had come into their
holiday flat to fix a broken window shutter in the main bedroom two days
before she went missing.
Today the McCanns’ spokesman
Clarence Mitchell said the couple were very concerned about the leak.
Speaking as he returned from a
trip to Brussels
with them to lobby the EU for a missing child alert system, he said: “I am
not going to confirm or deny the content of any statements Gerry and Kate
“But we are extremely concerned
such material, if it is authentic, has apparently been leaked.”
The McCanns are thought to have
spent several nights eating tapas at a restaurant near their holiday complex
while their children slept alone in their apartment.
The station claimed Gerry, who
checked on the children at 9pm, told police: “I saw the angle of their door
had changed and it was open around 45 degrees.
“I thought perhaps Madeleine
had woken up and left the room.
“Out of the corner of my eye I
looked in our room and couldn’t see her.
“Then I opened the children’s
door 60 degrees and looked to the left and saw Maddie sleeping with her head
on the pillow on the right hand side of the bed.
“She was breathing softly and I
thought how beautiful she looked.
“I thought it was quite hot and
I didn’t need to cover her up.”
In another extract, believed to
be from Gerry’s statement, it stated: “Kate came running to the bar and
said, 'Maddie’s not there, someone has taken her.
“I couldn’t believe it and ran
towards the apartment along the same route I always took. I looked
“I returned to the children’s
room and I tried to think what could have happened.
“To my surprise I realised I
could lift up the window shutters without effort and almost without making
“When I entered I realised that
Maddie’s bed was almost intact. The corner of the outside of the sheets was
turned a little.
“But the pillow, her cuddle cat
and the blanket she had slept with were almost in the same place as I had
seen them the last time.”
In another part of Kate's
statement Telecinco detailed the moment she realised her daughter was
missing during her 10pm check on her children.
According to reports, it read:
“I saw the door of the children’s room wide open and noticed a current of
“The same current of air closed
the door but the window in the other room that backed onto the patio was
“When I went to look for
Madeleine I realised she wasn’t there.
“I looked through the apartment
and I went back to the children’s room and then saw the curtains moving
towards me so it became clear the window shutters were wide open.
“I went to the window and
opened the curtains to see if she had climbed out but there was no sign of
“I don’t know if I closed the
window at that moment. I ran to the tapas bar and screamed at Gerry,
’Maddie’s not there, someone has taken her.’”
Kate is said to have insisted
in her statement none of her children were on any mediation, Telecinco
claimed, countering accusations the McCanns strenuously deny that they were
giving Madeleine and her siblings sleeping tablets.
It also emerged key witness
Jane Tanner told Portuguese police in her original statement she thought a
man she spotted carrying a child moments after Madeleine disappeared, was
the youngster’s father.
Tanner, who has been
re-interviewed by Portuguese police this week, now believes that man could
have been Madeleine McCann’s abductor.
Another of the Tapas Nine
rushed to the reception desk of the McCanns’ holiday complex to alert
police, Telecinco reported today.
Londoner Matthew Oldfield, who
checked on Madeleine and her siblings between Gerry and Kate, asked Ocean
Club workers to give him the emergency police number.
Portuguese police also want the
McCanns and their friends to take part in a reconstruction of Madeleine’s
disappearance soon after the anniversary of her May 3 disappearance.
The McCanns are official police
suspects along with Algarve-based British expat Robert Murat.
All three deny any involvement
in Madeleine’s disappearance