Mother of Shannon Matthews charged

Shannon Matthews' mother, Karen, charged with child neglect

The mother of Shannon Matthews has been charged with child neglect and perverting the course of justice.

Karen Matthews, 32, will appear in court in Dewsbury later today after being arrested on Sunday in connection with the disappearance of her daughter in February.

The latest twist in the kidnap saga follows the arrest of Karen’s boyfriend, Craig Meehan, and that of his uncle, Michael Donovan, who has been charged with abducting the nine-year-old.

Karen’s arrest also comes in the wake of a police investigation into whether people claiming to be connected to the family tried to persuade the family of Madeleine McCann to share money from the fund they set up to help find missing Madeleine.

A spokesperson for the McCann family said there had been a ‘number of approaches’ from people who said they were related to Shannon and her family.

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