BRITAIN’S worst mum Karen Matthews was spotted shopping in Mothercare — as daughter Shannon celebrates her 20th birthday today.
Matthews, 43, was seen trawling through toys and baby-grows in a town in the south of England where she relocated after her prison release.
The mum-of-seven was jailed for eight years in 2008 after staging the abduction of her daughter in a case that shocked the nation.
Shannon, then aged nine, was drugged and hidden under a bed as heartless Karen planned to cash in on reward money for finding her.
Matthews now goes under a new identity and was spotted shopping alone last week, the Mirror reported.
She wore a checked shirt and sunglasses while clutching a carrier bag and a SuperDry satchel.
Later she was seen scoffing on a McDonalds on a public bench after shopping in Poundland.
Matthews was found guilty of kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting justice after her sickening abduction plot was unravelled.
Innocent Shannon — who turns 20 today — vanished from their home in Dewsbury Moor, West Yorks.
It sparked a month-long police hunt while hundreds of volunteers poured into the area in a desperate bid to find the girl.
Matthews was seen shamelessly making public appeals for information on her daughter’s whereabouts – despite knowing where she was all along.
Police discovered the child drugged and tethered in the base of a bed in nearby Batley Kerr.
She was at the flat belonging to Michael Donovan — the uncle of Karen’s then-boyfriend Craig Meehan, who had nothing do with the snatch.
Matthews and Donovan devised the elaborate plot in a bid to claim the £50,000 reward money for finding Shannon.
Donovan was also jailed as Matthews’ accomplice.
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But callous mum Matthews insists she had nothing to do with the kidnap plot.
She told The Mirror in May: “From the start I didn’t know where she was. Others were involved. I didn’t have a clue.
“You can’t kidnap your own child. I know the truth and I wasn’t involved in it. I still have nightmares thinking that it’s all going to happen again.”
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