Guilt is the least of what they should feel

Guilt is the least of what they should feel

This story leaves me speechless: A British couple say they will feel guilt forever after their little girl disappeared.

LISBON, Portugal - The parents of a 4-year-old British girl who vanished during a vacation in Portugal three weeks ago said Friday that the guilt they feel over leaving her alone in a hotel room will haunt them forever.


Madeleine disappeared May 3 after her parents left her and her brother and sister, 2-year-old twins, alone in their room while they went to a restaurant inside their hotel complex in Portugal’s Algarve region.

“I think it’s fair to say that the guilt that we feel, having not been there at that moment, irrespective of whether we had been in the other bedroom or not, will never leave us,” said Gerry McCann.

“Certainly the first few days the guilt was very difficult,” added his wife.

I will grant that I don’t know the whole story. And I will pledge to pray for the poor little girl and her family. But …

… They left a 4-year-old and two 2-year-olds alone in a hotel room? While they went out to dinner? I won’t leave the house to take the trash outside if Bella is in her room and Melanie’s not home.

They’re in a foreign country and they leave their children alone in the room. What happens if someone knocks on the door?

I know they were probably on vacation and wanted some alone time, but … they left them alone?! Bring your teenage niece with you as a babysitter or something. Hire a reliable local to sit.

I should think that the guilt would be very difficult the first few days. I should hope it doesn’t get any less very soon after that.

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Domenico Bettinelli