Shannon's mum charged with her kidnap

SCHOOLGIRL Shannon Matthews' mother has today been charged with her kidnap and false imprisonment.The nine-year-old went missing from her West Yorkshire home for 24 days earlier this years and her mother Karen Matthews had previously been accused of perverting the course of justice and child neglect.

SCHOOLGIRL Shannon Matthews' mother has today been charged with her kidnap and false imprisonment.

The nine-year-old went missing from her West Yorkshire home for 24 days earlier this years and her mother Karen Matthews had previously been accused of perverting the course of justice and child neglect.

The extra charges were revealed today during a plea hearing at Leeds Crown Court.

Matthews, 32, appeared in court along with Michael Donovan, 39, who was already charged with nine-year-old Shannon's kidnap and false imprisonment.


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He will now also face a charge of perverting the course of justice, the court heard.

Both defendants pleaded not guilty to the kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice charges.

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No plea was entered for the child neglect charge.

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