Mother of Shannon Matthews arrested

Shannon Matthews' mother reportedly arrested over daughter's kidnap

The mother of Shannon Matthews has reportedly been arrested over her daughter’s kidnap.

Karen Matthews is, according to reports, being held on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Although police have not confirmed it is definitely Shannon’s mother who has been arrested, a spokesman for West Yorkshire Police told reporters: ‘Police investigating the alleged abduction of a nine-year-old girl have arrested a 32-year-old woman in Dewsbury on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.’

Full details about the arrest are due later today.

The arrest comes just days after Shannon allegedly told her mother, ‘I don’t want to come home.’

The nine-year-old, who has been in care since her rescue 24 days after she went missing on 19 February, was reunited with her mother for the first time last week, but told her she didn’t want to leave her new foster family.

‘She’s inconsolable. She doesn’t know what to do and feels totally isolated,’ a friend of Karen Matthews told the Daily Mail.

‘She was so excited to see Shannon after everything, but now fears she may never see her again. She’s heartbroken.’

In further news, Michael Donovan – the man accused of kidnapping Shannon and the uncle of her stepfather, Craig Meehan – has been rushed to hospital following a suicide attempt.

The 39-year-old was in Armley Jail in Leeds where he is awaiting trail when he slashed his wrists and took an overdose.

Craig Meehan was arrested last week over charges of possessing child pornography. He has since split with Shannon’s mother, Karen.

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