Karen Matthews gets job as a CARER…but leaves after getting too close to elderly client’s husband

The UK’s ‘worst mother’ Karen Matthews was given a job as a carer before being forced to leave because she was getting ‘too close’ to her frail client’s elderly husband. 

Matthews, who was jailed in 2008 for faking the kidnapping of her eight-year-old daughter Shannon, was employed by the elderly couple after they took pity on her.

The 44-year-old mother-of-seven, from Yorkshire, met the couple in church and they took pity on her, giving her a job.

They paid her to cook and clean after the woman, 65, had a hospital stay and was unable to look after herself properly. 

However, Matthews was sacked just weeks later because her elderly charge thought she was getting too close to her husband. 

Karen Matthews, seen feeding ducks in the park, was given a job as a carer by an elderly couple who took pity on her, but she was forced to leave just weeks later

Karen Matthews, seen feeding ducks in the park, was given a job as a carer by an elderly couple who took pity on her, but she was forced to leave just weeks later

Karen Matthews, seen feeding ducks in the park, was given a job as a carer by an elderly couple who took pity on her, but she was forced to leave just weeks later

The 44-year-old mother-of-seven is from Yorkshire,

The 44-year-old mother-of-seven is from Yorkshire,

She met the couple in church and they took pity on her, giving her a job

She met the couple in church and they took pity on her, giving her a job

The 44-year-old mother-of-seven, from Yorkshire, met the couple in church and they took pity on her, giving her a job

Matthews was jailed in 2008 for faking the kidnapping of her eight-year-old daughter Shannon (pictured)

Matthews was jailed in 2008 for faking the kidnapping of her eight-year-old daughter Shannon (pictured)

Matthews was jailed in 2008 for faking the kidnapping of her eight-year-old daughter Shannon (pictured)

The husband, 70, claims the relationship between him and Matthews was innocent friendship, but confirmed that the ex-convict had been removed from her role.   

It is believed that Matthews was picked up by the couple every morning at her two-bed council home. 

They then drove her 15 minutes to their house. 

A source close to the ­couple told the Mirror: ‘They are devout Christians and took pity on Karen after meeting her at church.

‘They know what she did but gave her a second chance.

‘They paid her to come round every day to help care for the ­woman and do the housework. At first, things were great and they were glad of the help in the house but soon things became tense.’ 

It is thought that, as part of her role, she did the washing, cleaning and tidying. 

It is believed that Matthews was picked up by the couple every morning at her two-bed council home

Matthews was sacked just weeks later because her elderly charge thought she was getting too close to her husband

The mother-of-seven, who served four years of her eight-year jail term, has insisted she is not Britain's worst mother because she 'didn't kill anybody'

The mother-of-seven, who served four years of her eight-year jail term, has insisted she is not Britain's worst mother because she 'didn't kill anybody'

The mother-of-seven, who served four years of her eight-year jail term, has insisted she is not Britain’s worst mother because she ‘didn’t kill anybody’

Pictured handcuffed in 2008, ex-convict Matthews was told to leave by her employer because she had gotten too close to her husband

Pictured handcuffed in 2008, ex-convict Matthews was told to leave by her employer because she had gotten too close to her husband

Pictured handcuffed in 2008, ex-convict Matthews was told to leave by her employer because she had gotten too close to her husband

Matthews was jailed over faking the kidnap of her daughter Shannon to cash in on the £50,000 reward put up after the child, who was nine years old, disappeared in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire in 2008.

She and her accomplice Michael Donovan were convicted of kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice after Shannon was found in Donovan’s flat 24 days after she went missing.

The mother-of-seven, who served four years of her eight-year jail term, has insisted she is not Britain’s worst mother because she ‘didn’t kill anybody’, and has claimed to have suffered more abuse than Baby P’s mother Tracey Connelly and Maxine Carr, who covered up for Soham killer Ian Huntley.

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