Sarah Payne's mum Sara has opened up about the one regret after her daughter's murder.
Sara, 50, recently returned to Kingston Gorse, West Sussex, the scene her daughter was snatched from, for a new ITV documentary on her murder .
Paedophile Roy Whiting was jailed for life after abducting and killing Sarah, eight, in July 2000.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, she said about the documentary: "When Sarah went missing we included so many people and people held their breath with me, for those 17 days, and I kind of feel like they've been on the journey with me.
"So it's nice to come back and say we are surviving and we are doing alright. We're not great, everything's not perfect and nothing's rosy, but we're still hanging on in there.
"We often don't get to hear anything positive about these horrible stories. The other kids are doing OK and they have survived it, the boys are absolutely gorgeous. Charlotte is gorgeous, Ellie is gorgeous and they're all a bundle of fun and everything else."
Talking about the impact Sarah's death had on Charlotte, Lee, Ellie and Luke, she said: "I can't even begin to imagine being that age and trying to cope with that media attention, that kind of campaign attention, knowing that it's for something good but having all of your friends seeing things in the classroom, seeing things perhaps you wouldn't have seen.
"Having your friends' family talk about you – and your family as if they know you and it's like, but you don't know us."
Heartbreakingly, Sara said: "The way I always chose to bring them up was with magic and softness and fairy land. Everything that a childhood should be was what I tried to give them.
"What they had was this massive smack of reality and it almost made me regret giving them the softness because the reality was so opposite.
"So in some ways, little Charlotte had never touched bad – nothing had ever touched her and suddenly she's smacked with all these horrible people who do horrible things."
*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV
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