March 11, 1999 |
More than 70 doctors sent a letter to CBS criticizing a "60 Minutes" report which suggested that Matthew Eappen was strangled, not shaken and slammed by his au pair, as prosecutors contend. The CBS program reported Sunday that two doctors believe the 8-month-old baby was strangled up to two days before he was hospitalized on Feb. 4, 1997. Lawyers for au pair Louise Woodward said they may seek a retrial; prosecutors said there is no evidence to warrant one.
January 30, 1999 |
A settlement reached between Louise Woodward and the family who sued her for the wrongful death of the 8-month-old boy in her care prevents the former English au pair from profiting by selling her story. A jury found Woodward guilty last year of second-degree murder in the 1997 death of Matthew Eappen. But a judge reduced the conviction to manslaughter. She was allowed to return home to Elton, England, in June.
November 4, 1998 |
The British au pair convicted of killing a baby in her care has asked for permission to sell her story. In a motion filed in federal court in Boston, an attorney for Louise Woodward asked U.S. District Judge William Young to set aside an injunction that required her to notify a U.S. judge before selling her story. The motion came the same day the family of Matthew Eappen filed a claim for millions of dollars in damages.
July 10, 1998 |
British au pair Louise Woodward failed to respond to a lawsuit filed by the parents of the baby she was convicted of killing, and a federal court automatically ruled against her Thursday, meaning a judge can determine how much she must pay in damages. The default order is rare in federal cases. Woodward can challenge the order any time before U.S. District Judge William G. Young decides on damages, but her lawyer in England said she can't afford to fight the wrongful death suit.
June 23, 1998 |
Speaking at length for the first time since her return home, Louise Woodward insisted that U.S. authorities made her a scapegoat in the death of a baby in her care. In October, Woodward, 20, was convicted in Massachusetts of manslaughter in the killing of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen, but she was released after serving 279 days in a U.S. prison. In an interview with the BBC, the former au pair said: "Somebody had to pay." Prosecutors say she shook the child to death.
June 18, 1998 |
Former au pair Louise Woodward, convicted of killing a baby in her care, flew home to England on Wednesday, hours after a federal judge temporarily barred her from spending money earned from selling her story. Traveling the 15 miles from suburban Marblehead with police escort, Woodward arrived at Logan International Airport, where seven state troopers escorted her to a private room to wait for her flight. The plane took off for London shortly before 6 p.m.