She was registered 3 months after being born and celebrated her birthday on a third date.
Four years have passed since Madeleine McCann disappeared from the tourist resort where she was spending her holidays with her parents and friends in Praia da Luz, in Lagos, Algarve. The police case is still shelved without the mystery being resolved, between the hypotheses of abduction, murder or fatal accident - and the police do not have an answer from the McCanns: why was the little girl was registered 3 months after being born and celebrates her birthday on a different date.
Maddie disappeared from her bedroom where she slept with her twin siblings Sean and Amelie in the night of 3 May 2007. The date of birth on her passport - the only identity document given by the family to the PJ - is 12 May 2003 and this is the date when her birthday is celebrated.
However, in accordance with a document from the Leicestershire police - the area of residence of the McCann family - which reached the PJ 15 days after the child's disappearance, Madeleine McCann was born on 12 March 2003 and was registered on 5 June the same year. In view of the difference of 3 months between the birth and the registration, the same report alerted to the possibility that the child had another father- But DNA tests confirmed that Gerry was the father. The sample which was used in the tests, in an English laboratory, was a hair found in her bedroom, assumed to be hers since it was proven that it did not come from her younger siblings.
The parents, Kate and Gerry, never explained the differences in the birth dates and the birthday and why they took three months to register the little girl. Sources close to the investigation assured CdM that they never had any replies to these questions. The investigators ended up assuming that the delay in the registration was due to formalities with the artificial insemination.
The book "Madeleine", written by her mother, will be launched on 23 May. The profits will go to the parents' fund.
A profile of Maddie's speech admitted the possibility of her being slow in learning to speak. The mother denied this.