We were talking about this yesterday. All agreed that the parents did an incredibly irresponsible thing. My mother-in-law felt that it was stupid, but that as they are going to suffer for the rest of their lives for their actions, that perhaps they deserved some sympathy.
Sorry, I don't have any sympathy for them. You don't even duck next door for a cup of sugar when your toddler is asleep in the house. You never leave them unattended - ever. These people went half a kilometre away for dinner and left their children on their own - all under the age of three. My MIL said `but you wouldn't ever think that something like this would happen' and my SIL said, `Yes you would. When you have children, it's automatic to think the worst - to think that anything could happen to them. That's what you assume, and you work backwards from there'. And I couldn't agree more. I just cannot believe these people thought it would be ok to go that far away for hours and leave their children unattended.
Let alone what did happen - abduction, and probably murder - what about falling out of bed? An asthma attack? A bad dream for goodness' sake? What were they thinking?? Those poor babies were all alone and IMO the other two should be taken off them, too.
So, no. Even though this couple will pay for this forever, they'll never suffer the way their baby girl has - and might still be. They'll never pay with their lives, as she may have. They'll never know the bewilderment that that little girl would have known, suddenly waking up to strangers, fear and pain, and utter panic at being away from Mummy and Daddy, knowing she had been taken - not to mention whatever else has been done to her since. I'm sorry, but no child is abducted by strangers to be taken to a carnival to eat cotton candy and ride the ferris wheel.
Three is old enough to know and understand this kind of terror. I hope her parents suffer until the day they die.