Baby-killer Woodward having child of her own
Disgraced nanny Louise Woodward, jailed in America for killing a baby in her care, is expecting a child of her own.
The 35-year-old has built a new life in Britain and is expecting a baby with her husband. She was jailed in 1997 after she was convicted of the second-degree murder of eight-month-old Matthew Eappen in his home in Boston, Massachusetts.
She was jailed for 15 years, but released after just 279 days when she won an appeal to reduce her conviction to one of involuntary manslaughter.
Now friends in a sleepy Shropshire village say Louise is delighted to be expecting her own child with businessman husband Antony Elkes (32).
Speaking yesterday, one pal said: "She looks different now, happier, she's definitely happy now. People are very very protective of her, I know she's always wanted a baby, and now it's finally happening."
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 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. After I told him about my past I knew I would be able to tell if his attitude had changed towards me, but he didn't change a bit."