The question of whether Madeleine McCann’s parents should have left their children alone while they dined nearby is being discussed by parents everywhere. Many in the U.S. are quick to suggest it is unconscionable, but children are left in cars here while parents run into stores on a regular basis. Since an abductor can typically travel by vehicle a mile a minute it arguably puts a child at greater risk.
Depending on where you live, it could result in criminal charges being filed. Eleven states have laws against leaving kids in cars, and seven have legislation pending. Four states make it a criminal offense if the child dies or is injured.
It is easy to pass judgment but it appears fortunately many people are separating their emotions from the fact a child is missing. Regardless of public opinion, her family has received support and assistance in their efforts to find her. So why doesn’t this happen in all missing children cases?
Last year a mother left her 2-year-old son alone in a park playing with a 4-year-old sibling. Elian Majano disappeared June 21, 2006 while playing in Irving, Texas’ Lively Park as his mother and a male friend sat inside a truck. He has never been found. There was even speculation he fell into a sinkhole but a body was never recovered.
In the disappearance of Elian Majano, his parents not only lost him but his brother was placed in the care of a relative by the State of Texas. The courts ruled they were unable to care for him.
There were no offers pouring in of million dollar rewards or celebrities making appeals on his behalf. The main story at the time seemed to be why the Irving Police chose to issue an Amber Alert since it didn’t meet all the criteria required.