British au pairs shun US
Tuesday 03 November 1998
Quoting au pair agencies in both the US and Britain, the Washington Post says that many young British women were scared off after Ms Woodward was convicted of murder following the death of a child in her care and sentenced to life in prison. The conviction was reduced to involuntary manslaughter on appeal and the sentence reduced to time served, allowing Ms Woodward to return to Britain last June.
The details of Ms Woodward's life as an au pair that emerged during the trial - the long hours caring for two small children, the restrictions on her social life and the isolation of many suburbs - illustrated the downside of the arrangement.
t The parents of the baby who died in Louise Woodward's care yesterday asked a judge to force her to pay them "several million dollars" in damages for the child's death. The lawyer of Drs Sunil and Deborah Eappen, who sued Ms Woodward for the wrongful death of 8-month-old Matthew, has said they were not interested in getting money from her, but in ensuring that she did not get rich from their child's death. A decision is expected by the end of the month.
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