UK’s ‘Most Hated Mum’ Karen Matthews Begs for Forgiveness Years After Snatching Own Daughter

The 41-year-old - who hit the headlines for the fake kidnap of Shannon - says she has now turned to God
A WOMAN once dubbed Britain’s ‘most hated mum’ after snatching her own daughter in a bizarre ‘get rich quick plot’ has now reportedly begged for forgiveness.
Karen Matthews, 41, who hit the headlines for the fake kidnap of Shannon – said to be a cynical bid to collect reward cash – says she has now turned to God.

Matthews, jailed for eight years in 2008 after being found guilty of abducting the nine-year-old, reportedly now prays every day in an effort to lift her spirits, reveals the Mirror.
After leaving prison she moved hundreds of miles away from her home in Dewsbury, West Yorks, and adopted a new name.
But the mum-of-seven’s past has made it impossible for her to find a job and she now survives on  £25 a week benefits.
She revealed to the friend: “When I left prison I picked up a Bible and saw a passage about ‘God loves you’. I knew I was hated by everyone, cut off from my family… but here they were, saying I was loved.
“I know I did something wrong but I’m not the baddest person people are making out. I am sorry for hurting people.


“I love my mum and dad and I miss them. She’s my mum, she gave birth to me. I would hate to lose them before I had the chance to say, ‘Sorry.’”
She reportedly turned to the Bible group after being cut off from family and friends.
Websites they regularly use have Christian-sentiment messages from TV survival expert Bear Grylls and want to help those with “questions about life”.

But despite asking for forgiveness, Matthews still insists she is innocent and did not snatch little Shannon, who was missing for three and a half weeks in February, 2008.
A police hunt was launched and people from the ­estate in Dewsbury Moor where she lived joined in.
But she was found alive on March 14 at the flat of her mum’s ­accomplice Michael Donovan in nearby Batley Carr, where she had been drugged and held captive.


During the trial, a toxicologist testified how hair samples showed the youngster had taken the powerful drug ­Temazepam regularly for months before she vanished.