They were never charged with neglect because, as the PJ said, they didn't know what crime(s) had been committed.
Also, if charged with
neglect, they could not then have been charged with homicide, concealment
of a corpse and filing a false police report.
mccanns and the rest of their group never left their children home
alone any night, medical people tend to by hyper protective when it comes
to childcare since they know what can happen in a fraction of a second,
even whilst standing next to their child.
Each night, an adult member of the group was absent, allegedly with an illness or looking after/changing a sick child.
Oldfield on his check, described a completely different apartment.
I wonder which apartment fitted his description?
twins were missing initially when the alarm was raised according to at least one witness and were reported in one of the 'rogs' as
being taken back to their apartment (how can you take someone back to
their apartment if they are already there?)
Also their bedding was noticed to be missing.
We also have statements from gerry of them sleeping on a bed, as well as them being in cots, so, which is it?
If the children were being babysat each night by one of the adults , then there could not have been an abduction.
No abductor is going to break into an apartment to abduct a child and come face to face with a parent.
For there to be an abduction as claimed, they had to claim neglect , as in leaving the children home alone and doing checks.
No neglect - no abduction.
No abduction - What did you do to Maddie?
If the PJ had gone for neglect then the following is what would have likely happened.
Charged with neglect the mccanns and chums appear in court,
The mccanns and chums plead not guilty.
mccanns and chums stand up and openly admit they didn't neglect the
children, they were all in fact sleeping in one apartment each night
watched by an adult member of the group.
Verdict is NOT GUILTY since there was never any neglect.
The mccanns and chums walk free.
The mccanns cannot then be charged with homicide, concealment of a corpse and filing a false police report.
They walk away free and easy
It is a risk they are and were prepared to take.
lawyers would have advised them admit to the minimum offense and we
can probably plea deal down to probation and a fine or minimal jail
get a fine and possibly sanctions on their medical licenses which
could include retraining and/or supervision.
It is unlikely they would lose
I am not sure if the UK police could bring charges since they were already tried in Portugal.
This would be something they would look into,
no charges could be laid, they could publicly announce Maddie did die
in their apartment, they panicked and hid her etc and nothing would
Nothing could happen.
who are pro Maddie will not change their minds so they don't count.
Those who support the parents may or may not change their minds, they
don't matter either.
What matters is they have a nice little fund.
they could face charges in the UK then they may decide to risk the
child neglect trial and whatever outcome as it would still be less than
homicide etc in the UK.
Basically win win for the mccanns.
were never charged because you cannot charge them on the basis they
have done something but you don't know what, nor how, why, when, with
whom or where.
this is as best a position they can have since no one knows what the
truth is or isn't and confusion reigns which as gerry says is good.