Maeve Shepard was an 11 month old baby who died in the care of this woman.
I have read many reports from various media outlets and they all seem to scream 'miscarriage of Justice', but this woman was found GUILTY.
I have read Iain Hendersons carers4carers website thoroughly.
Yes I can understand he's motives after all he loves his wife but she serves 3 years (18 months at most) and Maeve will never get to grow up or marry or have children, you say Keran was fantastic (a modern day Mary Poppins she was described as in court) but what would Maeve have been had she grown up, her family will never know.
I read the website alot since it was set up and not once in the months before the Trial did i see Iain Henderson remark on finding justice for Maeve Shepard.... NOT ONCE.
If you go through it with a fine tooth comb you will see the first time he ever mentions finding the truth about Maeve is on the 2nd of November (near the end of the trial when he must have realised the evidence against her was not circumstantial - it was REAL).
For this man to preach about how he feels sorry for the parents of Maeve, then he is a hypocrite. He is looking for sympathy in he's crusade.
Keran is being compared to Sally Clarks and Angela Cannings in many interviews BUT in reality yes those were miscarriages of Justice but no one has accused Keran of Maeve dying while she was asleep.
It seems that Iain has the campaign airbrushed to the last, half comments and crocodile tears.
He has taken experts opinions and slashed them, why tell me, if he's children were sick where would he bring them to? Would it not be to one of these experts he speaks so judgemental of?
If his child fell and needed an x-ray would it not be an expert in the professional Medical field he would go to or would it be some John Doe at the end of the street that bought an x-ray machine on EBay - no I think it would be the Medical Profession who would help him.
Some things on many websites trouble me - so I am going to deal with them one by one:
Iain consistently states about the previous injury in every interview.
It was stated Maeve got sick before Christmas (as do most children), it was also stated she was on and off antibiotics BUT was she really at the hospital on all the occasions he states. Afterall on his website he clearly says that had Keran known Maeve was a poorly child she would not have taken her in.
Iain insists in every interview that the children at the scene were NEVER questioned.Yes this is true BUT what is failed to mention is that all the parents were asked but declined due to the distress it would cause their children as stated by a concerned mother on her posts on nearly every newspaper. How can you blame the police for this?
Another thing Iain says throughout is that Maeve's Parents were informed of her sickness while in Kerans care.She was poorly and brought to the doctor by her parents, and according to her mother during the trial was fit to go back to Keran where upon she became sick again and Keran herself brought her to the doctor (due to Keran stating that she had been vomiting) - BUT at this time she never mentioned the little girl had a fit - WHY would you not tell someone this? Is this not something serious and as a qualified First Aider would you not know to make this public Knowledge? - THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME SHE BROUGHT HER TO THE DOCTOR AND SEEMINGLY THE FIRST TIME MAEVE HAD A FIT. But NO ONE knew of this fit till the trial.
The day of the 'incident' she rang 999 and could be heard saying 'this child has been nothing but trouble since I took her on', does that sound like someone who was happy to be minding the child.
Now the lack of Circumstantial Evidence
This child had horrendous injuries - yes medical experts state she didn't have marks but the Expert did say ' that SOMETIMES not ALL the times you would find markings on a child' as Iain has quoted - 'thats the icing on the cake' - how did an 11 month old have a brain injury, snapped her neck, have retinal damage and brain swelling in the space of 5 hours in someones care if nothing but a fit happened.
Experts state theses injuries can all be caused by fits but not likely at the same time. Traumatic experience is the only way to have all these injuries together - your brain can bleed while you have a fit or you can be starved of oxygen and be brain dead but it is most unlikely and the expert stating this is from a top London Hospital and in he's profession he had NEVER seen these injuries to all coincide with a fit. This is a Medical Professional who treats children on a daily basis and obviously helps with their healing (or he would have been sacked) and he can say its not imaginable to have these injuries all at once.
How can anyone condone this? It is illegal, not to say Immoral.
What these Jurors did was WRONG? There is a justice system in place to uphold the law and this is not a circus. They should be arrested, but that is up to the CPU. They listened to the same evidence as everyone else in that courtroom and if they had any questions at the time, why were they not asked there and then.
This is a smear Campaign of the highest order. Is this a media circus or a Publicity Campaign?
Keran's lawyers are trying to get an appeal based only on what the media print - after all the public are the strongest supporters, they want them to influence the outcome because they DO NOT have the evidence to back up a retrial. There are no discrepancies in what the Police did, there are 2 Jurors who made a choice at the time and were outvoted and now feel justified in speaking out. Obviously there is no Justice left if they can do that..
I have also read in one of Iain's interviews that he's opinion is the Judge gave Keran a lenient sentence and stated in he's closing argument "Your reputation as someone who parents can confidently leave their children with has been shattered.
"You are going to have to live the rest of your life, with the knowledge that Maeve died in your care" meant he did not believe the verdict to be true.
Who is Iain or anybody else to say that? Only Justice Keith can answer that question.
The duties of the judge, in a criminal matter, are to hear the statements on both sides in open court, to arrive at a conclusion as to the truth of the facts submitted to him or, when a jury is engaged, to direct the jury to find such a conclusion, to apply to the facts so found the appropriate rules of law, and to certify by his judgment the relief to which the parties are entitled or the obligations or penalties which they have incurred. With the judgment the office of the judge is at an end, but the judgment sets in motion the executive forces of the state, whose duty it is to carry it into execution.
Therefore the Judge was doing his job, he was not there to give his two cents worth, he was there to follow the Jury's decision and he was not there to Judge anybody, he was there to make sure nothing went wrong as ultimately it was the Jury's decision on the verdict.
Kerans Justice Campaign
I admire Iain for his dedication to his wife but I am not a fan of his tactics.
For many weeks now I have read Iain's story - all stating the same thing 'Keran is Innocent'. Well you see this is politically incorrect because technically Keran is not innocent, she is GUILTY of Manslaughter and hard as that is to accept, it is what it is.
We say in this world 'Innocent until proven guilty' and that is a mantra most people in life live by and Keran has been found Guilty by 10 people. 10 People listened throughout that trial and came to the same conclusion - GUILTY.
So yes I admire he's faith in his wife but in all the publicity the verdict remains unchanged and there is no new evidence to prove otherwise.
So in light of this, I thought I would write this because sometimes facts of great importance are left out to suit the needs of the campaign. They are taken in context and only the appropriate quotes are submitted.
So people can scream from the highest rooftops that 'Keran Henderson is Innocent' but if you check the public records for this trial you will know different she is 'GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER OF AN 11 MONTH OLD BABY'.