Missing Madeleine McCann
[BBC] Kate McCann, mother of missing four-year-old Madeleine, will be declared a suspect by the Portuguese police, the BBC has learned. The McCann’s family spokeswoman revealed that Mrs McCann will today be declared an “arguida” or formal suspect.
It has been 100 days since 4 year old Madeleine McCann went missing while on vacation with her parents in Portugal. The parents have consistently denied any involvement in their daughters disappearance. This story is of course, extremely sad but I still haven’t figured out why it gets spotlighted in the press. The situation is not uncommon. Here are some statistics about child disappearances.
According to the National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and released in 1990, the yearly estimates of each type of “missing child” are:
|Lost, Injured, or Otherwise Missing:||438,200|
|Attempted Non-family Abductions:||114,600|
|Non-family Abductions:||3,200 to 4,600|
These are missing or abducted children that are reported to the police. I am amazed at the category for “Thrown-aways. This category includes:
- The child was told to leave the household.
- The child was away from home and the parent/guardian refused to allow the child back.
- The child ran away, but the parent/guardian made no effort to recover the child, or did not care whether or not the child returned.
- The child was abandoned or deserted.
What kind of parent would do such a thing? Probably the same kind that would murder their own child. The bottom line is we have about 2,000 kids being reported missing every day. While the vast majority are found, there are approximately 100 that are killed and nearly all of those are killed within the first 3 hours after disappearing.
Finally, the story of Steve Fossett has been front page all week. Maybe these kids should be on the front page every day instead of the occasional milk carton.