Report: Madeleine died from overdose

Sept. 14, 2007 at 7:17 AM
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LONDON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Madeleine McCann's parents have dismissed new accusations their daughter died from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills.

"There are large craters in every one of these theories, in these ludicrous accusations," Gerry McCann reportedly told family friends Thursday night, London's Telegraph reported Friday.

Gerry and Kate McCann, of Rothley, England, are suspects in the May 3 disappearance of their daughter, then age 3, from a vacation apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, The Telegraph reported.

The French tabloid France Soir claimed Portuguese police found evidence in the McCann's rental car that reportedly proves Madeleine ingested a large amount of sleeping pills, The Telegraph reported.

Some British forensic experts have maintained the DNA evidence reportedly found in the car's trunk isn't reliable.

"These samples are likely to be far from ideal," Alan Baker, of the independent forensic science group Bericon, told The Independent. "If it is just a smear or dried deposit you could detect the drug but not how much."

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