The mother of Shannon Matthews has been jailed for eight years for her role in the kidnap of her own daughter. Skip related content
Karen Matthews, 33, of Moorside Road, Dewsbury Moor, West Yorkshire, was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court after being found guilty last month of kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice.
Her former partner's uncle, Michael Donovan, 40, was convicted of the same offences and was also jailed for eight years.
Shannon was found in Donovan's flat in Lidgate Gardens, Batley Carr, West Yorkshire, 24 days after she went missing in February last year.
Shannon, now 10, went missing on February 19 last year as she walked home from school near her home in Dewsbury Moor.
West Yorkshire Police launched a massive search operation costing almost £3.2 million - one of the largest conducted by the force.
On March 14, Shannon was discovered in the base of a divan bed in Donovan's flat less than a mile away from her home. It was revealed that Donovan kept her imprisoned as part of a plan he and Matthews hatched to claim a £50,000 reward offered by a national newspaper.
Police believe the pair may have been influenced by the coverage of Madeleine McCann's disappearance, which was a high-profile news story in the months before Shannon went missing.
After she was recovered, Shannon was found to have traces of the "potent hypnotic" drug temazepam and travel sickness medication melcozine in her system. It was believed that both Matthews and Donovan gave the girl the drugs in an attempt to keep her subdued and drowsy and that she could have taken them for up to 20 months before her abduction.
Matthews told five versions of what happened to Shannon, ranging from being a distraught mother whose daughter had gone missing to blaming the crime on her former partner Craig Meehan and other members of his family. Donovan, who has convictions for arson, shoplifting and criminal damage, claimed he was terrified of Matthews and said he was threatened that he would be killed if he did not comply with her plan.