The following is the victim statement
Matty's mother read to impact the court after Louise
Woodward was convicted of 2nd degree murder:
"On May 24, 1996, we gave birth
to a healthy baby boy. We named him Matthew, gift from
God. Matthew was a beautiful baby with black, silky
hair and rich
chocolate eyes. He was a real butterball. He was so
content. He made his needs
known, and when they were met he was happy again, a
real smiling baby.
He was the object of great affection
by his 2-year-old brother, Brendan, who
proudly announced, ``Brendan makes baby Matthew feel
better,'' as he gave Matty a toy, blanket or a kiss.
And Brendan watched out for Matty's safety.
``I don't want you to get hurt,
Matthew, because I love you.''
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