defend leaving his daughter in a hotel room while he and his wife went for a meal on the night she was snatched.
Our local BBC news in the East Midlands - where the McCanns live - reported tonight that Gerry McCann is in the US on a 'fact-finding mission' to see how the Americans deal with child abduction and exploitation - at the same time as publicising Madeleine's case.
He apparently met senior White House staff - but he was grilled by American TV networks ABC, CNN and CBS about why he and his wife Kate did not hire a babysitter to watch their three children as they dined with friends.
Gerry McCann said:
The kids were sound asleep and they were being checked regularly. We didn't think we needed a babysitter. We are good parents and what we did felt perfectly reasonable at the time.Dare I say that sounds reasonable to me? Personally, I think talk of prosecuting the McCanns for neglect is less than helpful.
Hindsight is an incredible thing. Clearly we couldn't have predicted what was to happen.
The focus must remain on finding Madeleine and the criminal - or criminals - who took her.