A WOMAN who has repeatedly accused the parents of missing Madeleine McCann of neglect stole £18,400 from her own elderly parents and left them to fend for themselves while she went on holiday to Spain.
Debbie Butler left her dementia-suffering mother and father alone without arranging for a carer while she jetted off to sunny Spain. While she was away, Butler’s 74-year-old mother died and her 79-year-old father was found emaciated and living in squalor, according to MailOnline.
Butler had previously distributed inflammatory leaflets in the McCann family’s home village in Leicestershire, suggesting that Kate and Gerry McCann were responsible for their own daughter’s disappearance.
The 51-year-old was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence at a court in Brighton for fraud last week. She had stolen cash from her parents’ accounts and diverted their state pension and care allowance.
The judge in the case said: “You have brought tremendous shame on yourself. I accept that you were overrun at the time with problems… All of that may explain why you did what you did but it could never, ever excuse it. This was inexcusable, this was a dreadful abuse of trust.”
Butler’s sister said that she would never forgive her for “defrauding and dehumanising” their parents. “The fraud is one thing, the neglect is the evilest thing,” she said.