Nanny Louise Woodward, Jailed for Shaken Baby Death, Gives Birth


Sharp said that the job with the Eappens was her second as an au pair because the first family lived so far out of Boston, "she couldn't go out at night."

Woodward "didn't' have great experience with kids other than the usual babysitting," said Sharp. "She was very young and really immature -- that was what set people in their perception of her as a killer."

As for the death of Matthew Eappen, Sharp said, "I never saw her cry over it, although she cried when she was convicted. I don't keep in touch and I have no intention of doing so," she said.

"I am glad she's getting on in her life. As long as nothing happens to the child, this will show people she didn't do anything to Matthew. That's one inference people may draw from this."

Judy Kuriansky, a clinical psychologist on the faculty of Columbia University Teachers College in New York City, said people will make assumptions about Woodward's parenting skills, 16 years later.

"The whole world knew about the baby shaking," she said. "Now everyone is looking over her shoulder: Will she be a good mommy?"

"I would want to know two things: what is her level of aggression and lack of impulse control--and what her own childhood was like," said Kuriansky. "Was there any aggression, was she yelled at when things went wrong or was she taught to be a proper British girl? These are crucial predictors."

"Her upbringing, how she was mothered is important," she said. "She will try to repeat that or go the opposite way."

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