THE mother of Dewsbury girl Shannon Matthews will spend the next six days in custody after appearing in court.
Karen Matthews, 32, was remanded in custody after appearing in court charged in connection with the alleged abduction of her daughter.
Matthews was remanded until April 16 after a short hearing at Dewsbury Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
She was arrested on Sunday evening and has been charged with perverting the course of justice and child neglect.
Matthews, of Moorside Road, Dewsbury Moor, was led out of Dewsbury police station in handcuffs and was then driven the short distance into the back of the court.
More than a dozen police officers were stationed outside the vehicle entrance as the white prison vehicle entered the complex.
Shannon was found in the base of a bed at an address just a mile from her home after a 24-day police search. Her discovery followed a huge search which began after Matthews reported her daughter missing on February 19 when she did not return from school.
Michael Donovan, 39, of Lidgate Gardens, Batley Carr, was arrested on March 14 after Shannon was found in his flat. He was later charged with Shannon’s kidnap and false imprisonment and is in custody awaiting trial at Leeds Crown Court on November 11.
During the 13-minute hearing, Matthews was flanked by four dock officers. Her red hair was brushed down and partially concealed her face.
Throughout the proceedings, she looked at the district judge and only glanced at her friends near the end of the hearing as she was told she will be remanded in custody.
Wearing a blue sweatshirt, she was handcuffed as she was brought into the courtroom, which was packed with media, Moorside Road residents and police, as well as court officials and lawyers.
The first charge was: “On a day between the 18th day of February 2008 and the 15th day of March 2008 at Dewsbury being a person who had attained the age of 16 years and having responsibility for Shannon Matthews, a child under that age, namely nine years, wilfully neglected or abandoned the said child in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering to the said child or injury to her health.''
The second charge was: “That you between the 18th day of February 2008 and the 15th day of March 2008 at Dewsbury, contrary to Common Law with intent to pervert the course of public justice, did a series of acts which had a tendency to pervert the course of public justice in that you repeatedly concealed information in relation to the whereabouts of Shannon Matthews in interviews and other contacts with officers with the West Yorkshire Police and claimed to have no knowledge of her whereabouts.”