Last February in the U.K, police were looking for missing 9-year-old, Shannon Matthews who some believe may have run away. She was eventually found hiding under a bed next to her mother’s accomplice Michael Donovan.
Shannon Matthews kidnap ‘inspired by donations to Madeleine McCann fund’
Karen Matthews arranged her own daughter Shannon’s kidnap after being inspired by the huge public donations to the Madeleine McCann fund, police believe.
Matthews hoped her wicked scheme would generate an outpouring of generosity and reward money which she and her accomplice Michael Donovan could pocket for themselves.
People claiming to be members of Shannon’s family approached representatives of the McCann fund asking for a share of the £1 million which had at that time been raised to help in the search for Madeleine.
And as Matthews and Donovan were convicted of kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice, the man who led the 24-day search for Shannon said he was in no doubt about the link to the Madeleine case.
Det Supt Andy Brennan, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “Madeleine McCann gave them the idea – the fund money. Clearly the McCann case was still in everybody’s mind. Karen Matthews is pure evil. It’s difficult to understand what type of mother would subject her own daughter to such a wicked and evil crime.”
There are currently 961 children listed at the NCMEC as Endangered Runaways.
Madeleine Mcann remains missing.
Update 01-23-09 Mom Gets 8 Years in Prison for Kidnapping Her Daughter for Reward
LONDON — A British woman convicted of kidnapping her 9-year-old daughter in an effort to collect reward money was given an eight-year sentence Friday.
Her accomplice got the same jail term.
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