Former jailed nanny Louise Woodward becomes mum

Monday January 6, 2014

Sixteen years after she was jailed when a little boy died in her care, former nanny Louise Woodward has become a mother.

Louise, now 35, is believed to have given birth to a son on New Year's Day.

She and 32-year-old husband Antony Elkes have so far refused to comment.

The death of eight-month-old Matthew Eappen in 1997 hit the headlines when Louise was jailed for shaking him to death.

Then aged 19, she'd been hired by his mother Debbie Eappen, an eye doctor, during a gap year to the States.

Louise was given a 15-year sentence for manslaughter but this was reduced on appeal. She was released after 279 days and her conviction was reduced to involuntary manslaughter.

She has previously said: "I know there are some people waiting for me to have a baby so they can say nasty things.

"It upsets me but that is not going to stop me leading my life. I am innocent."

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