Where is Louise Woodward now?

The shocking story of Louise Woodward caused a stir around the world when she was aexcuses for rocking eight-month-old Matthew Eappen to death.

But who is she and what has she been convicted of? Here’s all you need to know…

British nanny Louise Woodward (R), while re-testing as she testifies on her behalf in her murder trial


British nanny Louise Woodward (R), while re-testing as she testifies on her behalf in her murder trialCredit: Alamy

Who is Louise Woodward?

Louise Woodward was an ordinary teenager from Elton, Cheshire, aged 18 when she flew 3,100 miles to work for an au pair for an agency in Boston, Massachusetts after she completed her A-level in 1996.

She was placed in a family but was said to be “not satisfied” with the 11pm “curfew” they had imposed on her and left.

Right after she was hired by Sunil and Deborah Eappen, both 30 year old doctors, to take care of their young son Matthew, in November.

But within two months, it was reported that her parents were worried about Woodward being out late at night and they warned her.

They allegedly drew up a list of expectations in January 1997 to ensure “the safety and well-being of our children”, The Times of Ireland reported.

Four days later, Woodward called an ambulance to their home after 8-month-old Matthew died.

The boy was taken to Boston Children’s Hospital and placed on a life support machine – but tragically six days later, he died of a brain hemorrhage.

In that period, Woodward, then 19, was arrested by police and she pleaded not guilty to just one child’s battery charge..

Where is Louise Woodward now?

Now, Louise is 43 years old, a law graduate and a salsa instructor in the UK.

LouiseHusband of Anthony Elkes, runs a truck rental company in the UK.

It is unknown how the couple met, but both are still happily married today, after getting married in 2014.

Louise and Anthony They also have a daughter together, now more than 7 years old.

What was Louise Woodward convicted of?

The prosecution alleged that she killed the baby in a “relentless frustration, displeasure and rage” – a claim that the au pair’s lawyers strongly deny.

While being cross-examined, Woodward clarified that she had “thrown” rather than “dropped” the baby – as police officers had previously claimed. She then explained that ‘pop’ is an English term meaning “to lie” or “to put”.

Experts say wounds are a classic symptom of Baby tremor syndrome – a strong action causes serious brain damage or death.

However, defense attorney and brain surgeon Joseph Medsen suggested that Matthew’s death may have been due to a head injury two weeks earlier.

In October, Woodward cried in the dock when she was found guilty of lesser degree murder and later sentenced to life in prison.

Outside the court, the boy’s mother said: “They made a terrible mistake and they need to get it right.”

While support grew and funds accumulated to launch an appeal, Woodward told her parents: “Please don’t let me spend the rest of my life here doing something I haven’t done. .”

What happened to Louise Woodward?

Two days after she was found guilty, it emerged that The jury was split before they were convinced in favor of finding the teen guilty.

According to one juror, none of them “thought she tried to kill” Matthew.

The defense filed an appeal and within 10 days of being sentenced to life imprisonment, Woodward has been released.

Judge Hiller Zobel overturned the jury’s verdict and found her guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

What is tremor baby syndrome?

Dr Harvey Karp, CEO of Happhest Baby inc, explains: “Vibrating baby syndrome is arguably the deadliest form of child abuse.

“It usually happens before 12 months of age (peaks around 4 months of age in the colic period) when parents eventually lose patience because they are unable to calm crying babies and grab hold of their shoulders. child, shake the child’s body quickly. of disappointment.

“A baby’s heavy head can hit the surface or be bounced back and forth against the baby’s thin neck, causing the soft inner part of the brain to hit the hard inner part of the skull causing brain swelling and tearing the tiny veins causing damage to the brain. life-threatening bleeding.

“Clearly, serious cases are the tip of the iceberg. Many children can have minimal brain damage that goes undiagnosed but perhaps goes on to cause neurological problems such as distraction and learning problems.”

John McMullan, consultant pediatric neurosurgeon at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, told the BBC that shaking a baby causes brain injuries similar to those in boxing.

But he said: “In boxing, hits to the head are relatively rare and so the damage goes on for many years.

“While with a shaken infant, the damage happens in seconds.”

He sentenced her to 278 days in prison – the amount of time she spent behind bars.

The next day, the prosecution vowed to “find all means to stop” Woodward’s return to prison, and her lawyers promised “total vindication”.

In June 1998, Judge Zobel’s ruling was overturned after it was declared that he had “abused his statutory rights” and the decision was referred to the Supreme Court.

By four votes to three, his conviction for involuntary manslaughter and parole was upheld, which finally allowed Woodward to go home to the UK. Where is Louise Woodward now?

Huynh Nguyen

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