THE prime suspect in Madeleine McCann's disappearance was 'kicked out by his parents after his dad was left brain damaged in a crash', it was claimed today.
Christian B this week emerged as a prime suspect in the British toddler's disappearance 13 years ago.
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And friends of the German's family today revealed how his mother would be "destroyed" by the allegations.
Brigitte and Fritz adopted Christian after his birth mother gave him up – but struggled to control him as he became more and more wild as a teen.
And the horrified mum today spoke out from her detached bungalow in a village in southern Germany.
She told The Sun: "I don't know anything about it. I don't want to know anything about it."
What we know so far…
- A key witness has identified Christian B as the man she saw acting suspiciously outside the McCanns’ apartment
- Cops have linked the suspect to the disappearance of a six-year-old boy
- Christian B's past has been revealed including his first sex attack that unfolded when he was just 16
- The suspect is not speaking with German police
She has been estranged from her adopted son Christian for years after she and husband Fritz kicked him out as a teenager because he was such a tearaway.
By his teenage years he was out of control – stealing cars and exhibiting inappropriate behaviour with young girls.
And when Fritz suffered terrible injuries in a car crash which left him wheelchair bound the couple felt they could no longer cope with the disruptive teen.
He was sent to live in a home for delinquent boys in 1992 when he was aged 15.
The following year he committed his first sex crime when he assaulted a girl in a play area and flashed at another one.
Neighbours at the former family home told of their shock that Christian had been linked to the disappearance of Madeleine.
One said: “Fritz and Brigitte were a lovely couple, very kind but what happened with their boy Christian is a catastrophe.
“They took him in as a baby and brought him up as their own.
“He was often in trouble and he got worse and worse as he grew into a teenager.
“Christian was in his early teens when Fitz had the car accident.
“It was Fritz who disciplined him normally and he did need a firm hand but after his accident he was no longer capable of doing that.
“Brigitte did her best but could not cope with him and looking after her husband.
“Christian had been in trouble and that is when he was sent to a reform school.”
Family friend Monica Veirheilig said animal lover Brigitte will be devastated that her son is being linked to the Maddie case and other missing children.
She said: “This will destroy Brigitte.
“For your child to be accused of killing another child is the worst thing imaginable for a mother.
'IT WILL DESTROY HER'
“She is a kind woman and she has already had to deal with tragedy.
“She had to cope with looking after her husband after he suffered brain damage in the car crash and later his death.
“But finding out her son may be a killer is a second tragedy for her.”
She said Brigitte now lives on her own and has lost touch with all three of her children.
Another neighbour said Brigitte was such a kind woman she devotes hours of her spare time feeding stray cats in the village.
She said: “She is a strong brave lady who has had to cope with a lot in her life. Her husband died and she had problems with Christian growing up but she was strong and brave throughout it.
“But this latest news will destroy her. We feel so sorry for her. And living in a small village means it is even harder to cope with something like this.”
And a mum-of-three who knew Christian when they were children told how he had a reputation as a troublemaker growing up.
She said: “I knew him well because of his reputation. He was well known in our area for getting in to trouble.
“Everyone knew that he was handful and was not easy for his parents. He had a bad reputation. Everyone knew he was trouble.”
Police have received nearly 400 tip offs after the convicted sex fiend was named as the prime suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.
Phone records show German national was in Praia da Luz, Portugal, when three-year-old Maddie was snatched from a holiday apartment in May 2007.
He was shopped by a pal after he confessed during a drinking session three years ago that he 'knew all about' what had happened to Maddie.
He is currently serving seven years in Kiel jail in northern Germany for raping a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal.
A force spokesperson said today: "We have now received just short of 400 pieces of information. We are pleased with the amount of calls and emails coming in and we are assessing them and prioritising them."
A spokesperson for Madeleine's family Clarence Mitchell told The Sun Online: "Kate and Gerry continue to be encouraged by the level of response and nearly 400 fresh pieces of information so far is exactly what the Met wanted from their appeal."
The career criminal is refusing to co-operate with cops, it has been claimed.
DCI Mark Cranwell, who is heading Op Grange, said: "We continue to urge anyone with information to come forward and speak with us."
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