Cops Will Name Me as Suspect: Maddy's Mom

Missing toddler's mother expects to be named a suspect
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2007 4:11 AM CDT
Kate McCann of Britain arrives at a police station in Portimao, a town in Portugal's Algarve region, Thursday Sept. 6, 2007 where she answered questions from detectives investigating the disappearance...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The mother of missing British toddler Madeleine McCann, grilled for 11 hours by Portuguese police yesterday, expects to be named a suspect in her daughter's disappearance, according to a family spokesman. Kate McCann is "shocked and surprised" by the turn of events, said the friend. Her husband was expected to be interviewed today, reports the London Times.

The questioning centered on whether 3-year-old Maddy had been sedated before bedtime the night she disappeared. “The McCanns  would never conceive of using sedatives on their children,” said a friend. Police indicated they had further questions and that  McCann's status would change from witness to suspect.