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Who is Louise Woodward?

In 1997, Louise Woodward, a 19-year-old British au pair (born 1978), was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of eight-month-old Matthew Eappen while caring for him in his home in Newton, Massachusetts, US.

The Trial of Louise Woodward documentary

The Trial of Louise Woodward documentary
The Trial of Louise Woodward documentary

Tonight (November 11) sees a new ITV current affairs documentary about the trial of Louise Woodward, the 19-year-old British au pair accused of the murder back in the 1990s.

Woodward, from Cheshire, was 19 and working as a nanny in the US when she was accused of the murder, by shaking, of nine-month-old baby Matthew Eappen who was in her care.

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 program, 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.

The Trial of Louise Woodward is on at 9 pm, Thursday, November 11 on ITV.

There’s just one episode of this documentary.

Louise Woodward Case

In 1997, the 19-year-old, from Elton in Cheshire, stood trial for the murder of eight-month-old Matthew Eappen, who died in her care while she was working as a nanny in Massachusetts for parents Deborah and Sunil Eappen.

On February 4, 1997 Woodward called an ambulance to the family home after Matthew stopped breathing. He was taken to Boston Children’s Hospital and put on a life support machine.

Woodward was arrested and in court, pleaded not guilty to battery of a child. However, the police alleged that she had admitted shaking the toddler and throwing him onto a pile of towels.

Six days after she called the ambulance for Matthew,he died after suffering a severe brain haemorrhage, and it was finally decided to switch off his life support machine.

Prosecutors then announced they would seek a murder indictment.

The trial took place during October 1997 and Woodward drew criticism from the public for appearing cold throughout the highly televised court case. Almost two weeks into the trial she gave her version of events of the night she called the ambulance, reported the BBC at the time. She described her frantic attempts to revive baby Matthew, she denied shaking him violently, hitting or hurting him.

The prosecution countered her version of events calling her “a liar and aspiring actress”.

Woodward maintained her innocence throughout the trial and collapsed in tears on October 30 when she was found guilty of second-degree murder – which meant a mandatory life sentence.

Woodward’s mum blasted the verdict as a “horrendous mistake” and it was revealed the jury was split when it came to its decision.

The days following her conviction saw protests in the US and at her hometown of Elton. It was also revealed that that the jury had been split about the murder charge.

On November 4, 1997, the case took another dramatic turn with Judge Hiller Zobel hearing a plea from the defence for the murder charge to be reduced to manslaughter, backtracking on the original all-or-nothing strategy.

Zobel took an historic approach to making his announcement about the manslaughter conviction by publishing it on the internet, however, a technical problem in the courthouse failed to deliver his judgement over the net.

When finally published on November 10, Zobel reduced Ms Woodward’s sentence to involuntary manslaughter. He also cut the sentence to 279 days, exactly the period of time she already had spent in prison, which meant she was free to go.

Louise Woodward Biography, Wiki

Louise Woodward was a British teenager who wanted to experience independence. In July 1996, 18-year-old Louise found a placement as an au pair (nanny) in the United States. After leaving one placement, unhappy with an 11 pm “curfew”, she started work for Drs. Sunil Eappen and Debbie Eappen in Boston, caring for their two sons, 2-year-old Brendan and 8-month-old Matthew Eappen.

The Eappen’s soon grew concerned at Woodward’s late nights out, her apparent immaturity, and her alleged lack of concern over the care of the two children in her charge. On February 4, 1997, Louise called an ambulance after Matthew Eappen stopped breathing.

Louise Woodward Biography Wikipedia
Louise Woodward

He was put on a life support machine at Boston Children’s Hospital. Louise was arrested the following day and pled not guilty to the battery of a child. However, she admitted shaking Matthew and throwing him on a pile of towels. Matthew died on February 10 of a brain hemorrhage. Louise was charged with murder.

At her trial, the prosecution claimed that Louise killed Matthew in a “frustrated, unhappy and resentful rage”. Louise had admitted to police that she “may have been a little rough with him” after he had been “cranky, crying and fussy”. The prosecution called her “a liar and aspiring actress” who spent all her nights out on the town.

In October 1997, the jury found Louise guilty of second-degree murder and handed down a mandatory life sentence. The following month, however, the judge reduced the sentence to time served and she eventually returned to England.

Where is Louise Woodward now?

As the Liverpool Echo reports, Louise went to study law at London South Bank University after she arrived back in the UK.

She graduated with a 2:2 degree in 2002 and began a career at a Manchester law firm.

However, she dropped out of the contract to work as a dance teacher.

Louise Woodward FAQ’s

Who is Louise Woodward?

In 1997, Louise Woodward, a 19-year-old British au pair (born 1978), was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of eight-month-old Matthew Eappen while caring for him in his home in Newton, Massachusetts, US.

How old is Louise Woodward?

Currently, Louise Woodward is 43 years old.

Is Louise Woodward alive?

Yes, Louise Woodward is alive. As the Liverpool Echo reports, Louise went to study law at London South Bank University after she arrived back in the UK.

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