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Claude Knights: 'The act of leaving two very young children in the care of a 10-year-old is one of gross neglect and of disregard for their safety.

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Claude Knights: 'The act of leaving two very young children in the care of a 10-year-old is one of gross neglect and of disregard for their safety.

Post by ufercoffy on 23.12.10 16:22

Mother leaves 'frightened' toddler and baby with 10-year-old babysitter all night so she can go clubbing

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Babysitter took youngsters for 4-mile walk at 4am after climbing out of window
Only food was baby's milk, bread and butter, 5 months out of date
A mother left her two young children with a ten-year-old babysitter so that she could go out clubbing.
The children, aged just five months and three years old, were abandoned to a schoolgirl who believed she was going to the house for a sleepover.
Minutes after the ten-year-old, a family friend, was dropped off by her dad, the mother changed into a sequinned mini-skirt and silver top, claiming she was going shopping.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1341090/Mother-leaves-frightened-toddler-baby-10-year-old-babysitter-night-clubbing.html#ixzz18x6aoRYt

'The act of leaving two very young children in the care of a 10-year-old is one of gross neglect and of disregard for their safety.

But if you leave two babies in the care of a three year old babysitter in a foreign country - and the babysitter goes missing - it's well within the bounds of responsible parenting.

So, which is it? gross neglect or well within the bounds of responsible parenting? It can't be both.

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Re: Claude Knights: 'The act of leaving two very young children in the care of a 10-year-old is one of gross neglect and of disregard for their safety.

Post by Judge Mental on 23.12.10 18:32

Would the person who reassured McCann that he was well within the bounds of reasonable parenting, please contact Sunderland Magistrates' Court, and advise them that they are being much too harsh in this case.

When will we find out the name of the person who told McCann this? It will be interesting to see whether there is documentary proof of this reassurance. One still finds it is rather difficult to believe that anybody would have actually said such a thing. However, McCann has stated this publicly, therefore one would expect it to be the truth. It is of no matter if there is no documented proof with regard to this. McCann has already told of Meyer's off the record conversations, therefore we are well aware that he is not above telling tales and dropping names here and there.

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Re: Claude Knights: 'The act of leaving two very young children in the care of a 10-year-old is one of gross neglect and of disregard for their safety.

Post by kangdang on 23.12.10 18:45

Claude Knights, director of children's charity Kidscape, said: 'This is a very distressing case, which could have had devastating outcomes for three youngsters, had it not been for the very sensible actions of a citizen who was prepared to "get involved".

'The act of leaving two very young children in the care of a 10-year-old is one of gross neglect and of disregard for their safety.

'The distress of the young person finding themselves in sole charge without food or support can only be imagined.

'It is hoped that the mother will be given a sentence, which includes a mandatory parenting skills course, and the opportunity to address the need to change her behaviour.

'A message needs to be sent out that putting young children at grave risk of harm is never acceptable, whatever the circumstances.



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Re: Claude Knights: 'The act of leaving two very young children in the care of a 10-year-old is one of gross neglect and of disregard for their safety.

Post by Judge Mental on 23.12.10 18:52

Claude Knights, director of children's charity Kidscape, should have a word with the person who reassured McCann about his parenting skills, and then sit down with all the Tapas 9 for an hour or two. That would be a very interesting meeting to attend.

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Re: Claude Knights: 'The act of leaving two very young children in the care of a 10-year-old is one of gross neglect and of disregard for their safety.

Post by Guest on 24.12.10 9:38

Hats off to Claude


Even the NSPCC recent advertisment has a picture of a young child in a cot with, "Is Daniel going to be left alone again tonight" ?

3 years ago, none of this would have happened on such a large scale. The tide is turning.

and about time too.

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Re: Claude Knights: 'The act of leaving two very young children in the care of a 10-year-old is one of gross neglect and of disregard for their safety.

Post by Shibboleth on 24.12.10 11:51

Miles is a quiet baby. He knows that no matter how much he cries, nobody will come.

That is the voiceover for one of the NSPCC commercials.

You can substitute the name 'Maddie' for 'Miles' and it still works.

But the NSPCC have never, not one time, come out and said that what the McCann did was wrong.

That's why I do not give them any of my money anymore.

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Re: Claude Knights: 'The act of leaving two very young children in the care of a 10-year-old is one of gross neglect and of disregard for their safety.

Post by Phantasia on 24.12.10 12:14

@Judge Mental wrote:Claude Knights, director of children's charity Kidscape, should have a word with the person who reassured McCann about his parenting skills, and then sit down with all the Tapas 9 for an hour or two. That would be a very interesting meeting to attend.
It would indeed be an interesting meeting.

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Re: Claude Knights: 'The act of leaving two very young children in the care of a 10-year-old is one of gross neglect and of disregard for their safety.

Post by Guest on 24.12.10 12:51

@Shibboleth wrote:Miles is a quiet baby. He knows that no matter how much he cries, nobody will come.

That is the voiceover for one of the NSPCC commercials.

You can substitute the name 'Maddie' for 'Miles' and it still works.

But the NSPCC have never, not one time, come out and said that what the McCann did was wrong.

That's why I do not give them any of my money anymore.


I know what you mean Shibb, I used to feel exactly like you do. I was absolutely incensed back then that the NSPCC did not do anything as soon as news broke about them and responsible parenting. I even stopped buying my usual NSPCC Christmas cards, something I have done for as long as I can remember to show my disgust.

But when I looked into the NSPCC funding, practically all of it comes from the Government. So it was no surprise then why they did not get involved, as I suspect they had to follow orders from above.

There are so many little children out there that desperately still need our help, I hope you will one day have a change of heart.

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Re: Claude Knights: 'The act of leaving two very young children in the care of a 10-year-old is one of gross neglect and of disregard for their safety.

Post by Judge Mental on 24.12.10 13:29

@Phantasia wrote:
@Judge Mental wrote:Claude Knights, director of children's charity Kidscape, should have a word with the person who reassured McCann about his parenting skills, and then sit down with all the Tapas 9 for an hour or two. That would be a very interesting meeting to attend.
It would indeed be an interesting meeting.

Perhaps Claude Knights could also ask the McCanns about their reactions to the dogs and Martin Grimes reports, to see how they shuffle around when confronted with this. If Claude Knights were to be presented with a copy of Kate McCann's blogging on the subject of the dogs, they would note how Haut de la Garenne childrens' home was held up as being a prime example of the dogs terrible mistakes big grin

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Re: Claude Knights: 'The act of leaving two very young children in the care of a 10-year-old is one of gross neglect and of disregard for their safety.

Post by Cherry on 29.12.10 16:33

The fact that a high profile charity like NSPCC did not come forward and clearly give a statement about this imo has let down all children, and they need to spend the money which is donated on the CHILDREN, not on glossy reports, not on marble offices, not on company cars, not on staff they dont need, not on hospitality budgets, spend it on the purpose for which the money is donated - the Children!

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Re: Claude Knights: 'The act of leaving two very young children in the care of a 10-year-old is one of gross neglect and of disregard for their safety.

Post by Shibboleth on 29.12.10 16:35

I now donate money directly to a children's orphanage.

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Post by Cherry on 29.12.10 16:43

Shibb you are doing the right thing, I would think your money would be put to better use donating to the childrens orphanage as you are doing than a large charity where there is often so much wastage and the money often gets spent on things which are nothing to do with helping children.

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