Her comments came as Brenda Leyland, a woman who was accused by Sky News of being one of a dozen online users who have been trolling the couple on the internet, was found dead in a Leicestershire hotel.
Gerry and Kate McCann’s daughter went missing in 2007. The pair have publicly campaigned for information about the disappearance of Madeleine ever since.
"How many more must die before the McCann’s accept that negligence is at the heart of all their grief?"The Sun columnist tweeted to her followers. @jenniebond1 was one of many to appear shocked by her statement.
"I cannot believe you have just written that," the user tweeted.
How many more must die before the McCann's accept their negligence is at the heart of all their grief? Enough already.Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) October 6, 2014
"Believe it - and get over yourself," Hopkins tweeted back. "Plenty think it. Imagine if I left my children alone and went out. Forgiveness?"
Believe it - and get over yourself. Plenty think it. Imagine if I left my children alone and went out. Forgiveness? https://t.co/wBxhgiE7pEKatie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) October 6, 2014
After receiving a further backlash on Twitter, she posted the following:
I really do not give one little jot what you think. I don't give offence. You choose to take it. Make better choices.Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) October 6, 2014
The Peaches Effect. Someone from a council estate makes a mistake - vilified. White, middle class makes mistake - only sympathy on offer.Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) October 6, 2014
Leyland, 63, was confronted on her doorstep by Sky News Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt on Wednesday 1 October, who questioned her about her apparent online abuse using the Twitter handle @sweepyface.
Asked why she was using the account to virtually attack the McCanns, she answered: "I’m entitled to do that."
The Madeleine McCann case
The Madeleine McCann case
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One of the last photos of Madeleine before her disappearance
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Madeleine McCann was three when she was abducted during a family holiday in 2007
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A computer generated image of the distinctive burgundy long sleeve top worn by a man that detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are looking for
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An aerial view of the Ocean Club apartments and pool where Madeleine McCann went missing
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Kate McCann speaks to the press outside the court house in Lisbon on 12 September 2013 following the first audience of the McCann couple's libel proceedings against former inspector Goncalo Amaral for a book written about the case of their missing daughter
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Kate McCann and Gerry McCann before the start of the 'Miles for Missing People' charity run in Regent's Park in London, 2011
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Kate and Gerry McCann make an appeal at a press conference in the holiday resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal 7 May 2007
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The McCann's give an interview with a Spanish television channel at their home in Rothley
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Madeleine McCann was abducted in Portugal in May 2007
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Preliminary forensic analysis on samples recovered from the McCanns' hire car raised the possibility of a match with Madeleine's DNA profile, according to the leaked report
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Pope Benedict XVI blesses a photo of four-year-old abducted British girl Madeleine McCann, while meeting her parents Gerry and Kate McCann, after his weekly general audience at the Vatican, 2007
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Gerald McCann and Kate McCann speak to the press on 4 May 2007 at the Ocean club appartement hotel in Praia de Luz in Lagos after Madeline vanished while her parents were out to dinner
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Dozens of Portuguese police aided by dogs search for missing three-year old British girl Madelaine McCann in front of the Ocean club appartment hotel in Praia de Luz in Lagos
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Gerald McCann and Kate McCann walk holding their two other children outside the Ocean club apartment hotel in Praia de Luz in May 2007
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Madeleine McCann pictured at the age of three, left, and as she might have looked aged nine
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The parents of missing Madeleine McCann have described as "pure speculation" reports in the Portuguese press suggesting that a chief suspect in the disappearance of their daughter was killed in a tractor accident four years ago.
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Three year old Cally prepares to add a yellow ribbon to a floral tribute for missing Madeleine McCann in Rothley in Leicesteshire, 2007
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Everton captain Lee Carsley (L) leads his team onto the field, followed Mikel Arteta (C) and Manuel Fernandes (R) wearing Tshirts bearing a message of support for the missing British toddler Madeleine McCann, prior to the English Premiership match between Chelsea and Everton, at Stamford Bridge in London, 2007
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A poster appealing for information about Madeleine McCann at a Spanish railway station
20/25 BBC's Crimewatch reconstruction of Madeleine McCann's disappearance
Former porn star Mark Sloan (L) was cast in the BBC's Crimewatch reconstruction of Madeleine McCann's disappearance
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McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell holds two artist's impression of the new suspect on 20 January 2008 in London. The description has come from British woman Gail Cooper, who was staying with her family close to the McCann's apartment in Portugal
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Clarence Mitchell, the press spokesman for the McCann family, releases a photofit image of a woman sought in the search for missing Madeleine McCann
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Police released two e-fits of suspect in disappearance of Madeleine McCann
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Convicted paedophile Raymond Hewlett, who is being sought in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann
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An artist's impression of a suspicious man seen by a witness apparently watching the McCann family's apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, the day before Madeleine McCann went missing
When Brunt told her that her activities had been reported to the police, she said: "That’s fair enough."
The doorstep interview was aired on Sky News on Thursday 2 October. The following day, a neighbour reported that Leyland had left the village.
"Somebody took a photo of her on Thursday afternoon and then she was gone," they told the Leicester Mercury newspaper anonymously. "I haven’t seen her since."
A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said yesterday: "Police were called at 1.42pm on Saturday to reports of a body of a woman in a hotel room in Smith Way, Grove Park. Officers have attended the scene and a file is being prepared for the coroner. Identification of the deceased is a matter for the coroner. The death is not being treated as suspicious."Reuse content