Where’s Karen Matthews? The mother kidnapped daughter Shannon

In 2008, Karen Matthews “kidnapped” her own daughter, Shannon, and sparked a nationwide search. But where is Karen Matthews now?

How long did she spend in prison? And does she see Shannon and her other six children?

Here is everything you need to know about Karen Matthews and the infamous case.


Karen Matthews asks for information about her so-called missing daughter (Image Credit: Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo)

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Who is karen matthews?

Karen was a mother of seven and lived in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire with her partner, Craig Meehan.

She gained national fame when her daughter Shannon was “missing” in February 2008.

Karen participated in several public appeals for information about her daughter.

Her behavior raised eyebrows, however, and some suspected that she knew more than she wanted to admit.

Why did she kidnap Shannon Matthews?

In fact, Karen had planned with Michael Donovan to kidnap their daughter Shannon and deceive the nation.

Michael was the uncle of Karen’s then partner Craig Meehan.

The couple hoped to receive the £ 50,000 reward for their safe return.

Shannon rose to fame in the UK involuntarily when she “disappeared” on February 19, 2008.

Compared to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, it became a major police operation for missing people.

Fortunately, on March 14, 2008, after 24 days, Shannon was found alive and well by police.

Karen and Michael sedated Shannon and hid her in a sofa bed in Michael’s house.

Shannon Matthews BBC News
Shannon Matthews’ school picture appeared on BBC News (Photo Credit: BBC One / YouTube)

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How long did Karen Matthews spend in prison?

A jury found Karen and Michael guilty.

You were sentenced to eight years in prison after a trial in Leeds Crown Court.

They received six and three years’ imprisonment for kidnapping and wrongful imprisonment at the same time.

The judge gave them two more years to run, one after the other, to distort the course of justice.

However, they went free in 2012 after serving half their sentences.

Where is Karen Matthews now?

Karen cut and dyed her red hair after she was released from prison.

She now lives under a new identity in the south of England.

Even so, there were multiple sightings of the ashamed parent.

She worked in a charity shop a few years ago.

However, her boss reportedly fired her after finding out she was engaged to convicted pedophile Paul Saunders, 57.

The former factory cleaner reportedly wants plastic surgery to keep her from being harassed on the street.

She still maintains her innocence and has reportedly converted to Christianity.

Karen Matthews and partner Craig Meeham left their Dewsbury home last night.  Friday PICTURE BY PHIL SPENCER
Karen Matthews and partner Craig Meehan in Dewsbury after Shannon’s alleged disappearance (Photo credit: Phil Spencer)

Does Karen see Shannon and her other children?

Karen has no contact with her daughter Shannon or any of her other six children.

Shannon is currently 21 years old and lives under a new identity.

The High Court granted Shannon lifelong anonymity.

Shannon’s identity and whereabouts are and will remain a secret.

Her siblings were also given lifelong anonymity due to a court order prohibiting their identities from ever being revealed.

Karen gave birth to seven children, including Shannon, from five different fathers.

All have been looked after and given new identities and are protected for life.

The disappearance of Shannon Matthews on Channel 5

The Disappearance of Shannon Matthews is a two-part documentary.

It investigates the disappearance of nine-year-old Shannon Matthews in Yorkshire in 2008.

The investigation gripped the nation.

The series features exclusive interviews with Shannon’s best friend at the time, Megan Aldridge.

It also speaks to the police officers who found her and members of the local community.

The Shannon Matthews disappearance begins Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9 p.m. on Channel 5.

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