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Doctors Kate and Gerry McCann and their ongoing emotional abuse of twins Sean and Amelie on their fifth birthday

By ANTONELLA LAZZERI

Published: Today

MADDIE McCann's sister and brother celebrated their fifth birthday with a party yesterday and a present from their missing sibling.

Parents Kate and Gerry held the special bash for twins Sean and Amelie.

They always buy the pair a gift from their missing sister for Christmas and birthdays.

The twins are a year older than Maddie was when she vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal on May 3 2007.

A source close to the McCanns said the party at their home in Rothley, Leics, was "poignant" but Kate and Gerry, both 41, did everything they could to make it a happy day.

The source said: "Milestones like this are hard for them. Kate and Gerry are determined to give the twins as normal an upbringing as possible."

Source: The McSun
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Comment: Maddie is believed to be with a swarthy paedophile in some secret lair in a lawless village in Praia da Luz, according to the McCanns private investigators, yet she is able to choose and send pressies to her siblings for birthdays and Christmas?