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Louise Woodward Is Pregnant

14/08/2014 16:56 | Updated 22 May 2015

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Louise Woodward, whose trial for killing a baby in her care while working as a nanny in Boston gained worldwide attention, is expecting a baby of her own. She is believed to be seven months pregnant with her first child.

She was 19 when she was jailed in 1997 after she was convicted of the second-degree murder of eight-month-old Matthew Eappen after a trial televised to a global audience.

Louise was sentenced to 15 years, but released after just 279 days when she won an appeal to reduce her conviction to one of involuntary manslaughter.

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Now 35, Louise lives in a Shropshire village with her husband Antony Elkes, 32.

Louise, who teaches salsa dancing, has spoken previously of being haunted by her past and how she longed for a baby of her own.

She has said: "Of course, I know there are some people out there just waiting for me to have a baby so they can say nasty things.

"That upsets me, but that is not going to stop me leading my life. I am innocent, I have done nothing wrong. I am entitled to enjoy my life, I am not going to apologise for being happy.

"Not only is Antony gorgeous, but he is family oriented, thoughtful and caring, and an open, honest person which are qualities I really value.

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"For all I know he might have Googled me when he got home but if he knows all the details, he doesn't seem to mind.

"His family also have been extremely nice to me. When I'm not with him, I feel like half of me is missing, there is a big space in front of me where Antony should be.'

Matthew Eappen had been in Louise's care when he fell unconscious and was rushed to hospital, where he died five days later from fatal brain injuries (he had suffered a fractured skull and a subdural haematoma, a blood clot on the brain).

The prosecution alleged that Matthew had shown classic symptoms of shaken baby syndrome, which occurs when a baby is forcefully shaken leading to damage within the child's skull.

Louise, it was alleged, had shaken him violently and hit his head against a hard surface such as the bathroom floor. Her defence asserted that Matthew's death had been caused by an old injury sustained weeks before. She has always protested her innocence.

Speaking yesterday Louise refused to comment on her pregnancy saying ''I'm not doing any press".

"People are very, very protective of her," an acquaintance told the Liverpool Echo.

"I know she's always wanted a baby, and now it's finally happening."

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