Louise Woodward convicted of killing baby when teenage nanny now has daughter
Louise Woodward was just a teenager when a Boston baby in her care died and she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. The trial of the 19-year-old nanny, from Elton in Cheshire, shocked the world in 1997. Now, Woodward is aged 43 – and has a daughter of her own.
She married truck hire company boss Anthony Elkes in May 2013, with whom she had a baby less than a year later. The girl is now seven years old. :ITV The Chase: Viewers all distracted by contestant’s strange names
Twenty four years ago, Woodward was looking after eight-month-old Matthew Eappen in his home in Newton, Massachusetts. The child was then taken to hospital in Boston with a fractured skull, internal bleeding and a fractured wrist – falling into a coma. Woodward admitted to playing “a little roughly” with the baby days before his death and was charged with battery of a child.
However, Matthew died from a brain haemorrhage days later and Woodward’s charge was upgraded to first-degree murder. The polarising trial saw the jury deliver a guilty verdict, after being presented with evidence of symptoms synonymous with Shaken Baby Syndrome. Justice protest rallies followed in both the UK and US, on separate sides of the argument.
A grand jury later convicted her of a first-degree murder charge and Woodward was sentenced to 15 years in a maximum-security prison. However, after her defence maintained that Matthew’s injuries were weeks old, Woodward’s sentence was reduced to involuntary manslaughter and she was released after serving 279 days in prison. Woodward always insisted she had only shaken Matthew lightly to revive him after he fell ill.
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Now, a new ITV documentary focusing on the trial of Woodward is set to air tonight, 25 years since the high profile US court case. In its description of the show, ITV said: “At the time the highest-profile court case in the US featuring a British defendant, the trial was played out on television screens across both sides of the Atlantic. “This programme, marking 25 years since the 1997 trial, features access to many of the key figures closest to the case, aiming to illuminate each key step of the trial and its aftermath.”
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