Shannon Kidnap Faked! Mom Arrested!

Well, well!! It seems that Shannon Matthews wasn’t really kidnapped at all… her mother, Karen Matthews, has been arrested – apparently after admitting to police that she knew where her daughter was hidden all along!!

Matthews, aged 32, is charged with child neglect and perverting the course of justice. Serious stuff.

In case you didn’t hear about this case at the time, here’s a recap: Shannon Matthews, aged 9, vanished on 19 February and was found 24 days later after one of the largest missing person hunts ever conducted by West Yorkshire Police. She was found hidden under a bed at the home of a relative, Michael Donovan. (He’s the uncle of Shannon’s stepfather.)

Craig Meehan’s sister, Amanda Hyett (Shannon’s step-aunt), and his mother, Alice Meehan (Shannon’s step-grandmother) have also been arrested in connection with this: Ms Hyett was questioned “on suspicion of assisting an offender”, and Ms Meehan was arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice. Both women were released on police bail.

This complicated case has got me baffled. It looks like Karen Matthews faked her daughter’s kidnap. But if it was a fake, how come Michael Donovan is still facing charges of kidnap and false imprisonment? Surely the police can’t have it both ways?!

As to why this crazy business happened: since Madeleine McCann disappeared in Portugal, her parents have accrued quite a lot of money. Did Karen Matthews think she too could make some cash if her daughter went missing?

I can remember Matthews making appeals on the TV for her daughter’s safe return. And her fellow inmates in prison will also remember it. I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes right now!! Oww!!

2 Responses to Shannon Kidnap Faked! Mom Arrested!

  1. Elaine says:

    The funds the McCanns are raising is not their money to keep, as it is managed by the Board of Trustees of the fund. When Madeleine is found, they decide where it will go and it’s been stated they will donate what’s left to organizations for missing children.

    It’s been on the news that relatives of Shannon had contacted C. Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, for money from Madeleine’s fund for the search for Shannon. On one occassion, a relative showed up at the McCann’s doorstep to ask for money as they were leaving for church. The man then became outraged when Gerry advised him he couldn’t just write him a check. He stated all expenses from the fund had to be approved by the Board of Trustees, managing the funds.

    So in conclusion, it seems like Shannon’s disapearance was staged so the family could “Con” the McCanns for money from their fund, which had actually been approved by the Board of Trustees. To their bad luck, however, Shannon was found before they could cash in.

  2. Joan Page says:

    I am of the same opinion as to the charges againt Donovan, which is how I came to find this blog in the first place, surely he cannot be charged with kidnap when he was, in all aspects baby sitting, albeit knowing there was a huge search going on for the child. As soon as I saw it I thought this is a con after Madelaine and the money that came rolling in to find her and these people want some of the money that goes around. It is a disgrace that they could think up such a thing when Madelaine is still missing and all the hurtful memories that any abduction must bring to the McCanns. It makes you wonder what next after the maniac Fritzl in Austria, even Hollywood hadnt hought up a story line like that one.

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