Portuguese officials and British tabloids have been quick to accuse the McCann’s of being directly involved with Madeleine’s disappearance. These accusations have proven to be false. However, the McCann’s are at guilty of contributory negligence. They chose to leave their children unattended and apparently this was not the first time they had done so. The children were not left alone due to some emergency but rather because the parents wanted to enjoy a dinner alone. If there had been some unforeseen emergency it might be easier to understand why the parents were so negligent. It is hard to understand how these parents who claim to love their children could so easily justify abandoning them. Sure they were on vacation and just wanted to enjoy some adult time but didn’t have anyone to call for a sitter. Part of being an adult is taking care of ones responsibilities even if that means sacrificing fun things.