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Fractious toddler not wanting to settle down, a spoonful of mother's little helper so they can go out for dinner, get the dose slightly wrong, panic, hide her in a suitcase to deal with later and then run around screaming blue murder. After finding no traces of the paedo ring or the kidnappers for the desperate childless it is no wonder the Portuguese Plod have come back to this idea.

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That'll be a refrigerated suitcase then? And a what point in the media, police, etc etc spotlight did they find the time to retrive said child, move and dispose of without anyone noticing?

No, they'd frantically try to revive her and send for help.

"No, they'd frantically try to revive her and send for help."

Good point. I guess every other person found guilty of infanticide was in fact innocent. You should really point this out to the Portugese police, they obviously have totally ignored this if they've declared the parents suspects.

"...they obviously have totally ignored this if they've declared the parents suspects."

On the basis of the UK police forensic work. Which throws up a wee bit of a problem for the McCann family's vigorous denials of wrongdoing and claims of victimisation by the Portuguese police, I would think...

It is not that easy to poison infants.
And the police may be doing cya as is the custom.

Forensic evidence is open to misrepresentation and misinterpretation. Also, remember what statistical "evidence" did to Sally Clark.

"...the police may be doing cya as is the custom."

In such a high-profile case, with the eyes of the media on them? Pull the other one!

"Also, remember what statistical "evidence" did to Sally Clark."

Yes, I do. Remind me of that again when statistical evidence is even mentioned in this case.

The sad fact is that in most murders the perpetrator is known to the victim and often a family member. I would imagine that this is as true when the victim is a child as in any other case.

Concurrent with this, the behaviour of the McCanns does appear a little out of the ordinary. Now I'll admit that that, in itself, is hardly grounds for prosecution, but certainly worthy of note. That being said, permanently disposing of a body, even a child, can't be that easy. Especially in a place with which one is unfamiliar.

All in all, a very peculiar case. But hardly one deserving the degree of media hype that it has gained, I would have thought.

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