Sunday, April 24, 2011

America's Most Wanted Speaks With McCann Family

AMW correspondent Jon Leiberman spoke with Philomena McCann, the sister of Gerry McCann and the aunt of 4-year-old Madeleine McCann. Philomena confirmed to AMW that Madeleine's mother, Kate, had officially been named a suspect in her daughter's disappearance and was offered a plea deal through her attorney earlier Friday. According to Philomena, if Kate agreed to plead guilty to accidentally killing her daughter, the courts would "be lenient on her." Philomena says Kate's response was, get "stuffed".

Philomena said that though Kate and Gerry were demoralized at first, they are now going to begin "fighting back". Philomena says, "No one is even looking for Madeleine. I've had enough of their reputations being sullied. Kate and Gerry made it uncomfortable for the police the past few months so police just want to cover up their own incompetence by trying to go after Kate and Gerry. " Philomena says she believes that Gerry and Kate will never be formally charged with any crimes because the "evidence is so weak".

Though the shocking news may sound ominous for the McCann family, it may be standard protocol in Portugal. Under Portuguese law, declaring a suspect would indicate that police think the individual may have been involved in the crime but it would not necessarily mean that the suspect would be charged.

In May, Gerry McCann sat down with AMW producers in Washington, D.C., revealing what his family has faced since the abduction of his 4-year-old daughter, and discussing his attempts to find new resources in his quest to bring her home.

More than two months after Madeleine was kidnapped, Gerry visited the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, learning about some of the techniques they use to track missing kids. Gerry also met with U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez.

Gerry McCann spent 48 hours in Washington, meeting with lawmakers and spreading the word about Madeleine's disappearance.