By SHARON HENDRY
and OLIVER HARVEY
THE specialist who helped wrongly convict Angela Cannings of
murdering two of her babies was blasted by another jailed mum
Donna Anthony, 30, is serving life after Prof Sir Roy Meadow, 70,
dismissed her claim that HER two tots were cot death victims.
But the child care expertís evidence in several cases has been
discredited and he is being investigated by the General Medical
Council. Mrs Cannings, 40, walked free from a life sentence on
Wednesday after being cleared by the Appeal Court.
And Anthonyís lawyer George Hawks, 54, said: "Donna knows
now that a lot of people are rooting for her."
Prof Meadow ...
being probed by the GMC
Shortly before the Cannings appeal, Anthony said at Durham
prison: "People are leaning on me to admit murdering my babies
so that I can get parole.
"I know they donít let you out unless you admit your
"But I wonít - because I didnít kill my babies. I
Anthony, of Yeovil, Somerset, was jailed in 1998 - the year that
Prof Meadow was knighted.
She was found guilty of murdering daughter Jordan, 11 months, in
1996, and son Michael, four months, in 1997.
Mr Hawks now wants her to be granted a second appeal hearing
after the first failed.
During his clientís trial Prof Meadow said of the babies:
"I find the circumstances of both lives and both deaths are
typical of a child who has been smothered."
The Sun told yesterday how Angela - cleared of murdering sons
Matthew, 18 weeks, and Jason, seven weeks - was the third mum
accused of baby killing to be freed this year.
Prof Meadow, now retired, was a prosecution witness in each
He has argued that multiple cot deaths are suspicious events.
But his theory is not supported by scientific evidence. In one
instance he alleged the chances of losing two babies to cot death
were 73 million to one, a figure he now accepts was inaccurate.
The correct statistic is closer to 64 to one.
Campaigner Anne Diamond, 49, yesterday called for a review of how
multiple cot deaths are investigated.
Ban him now
COMMENTARY by SHARON HENDRY
Sun Woman Editor
ONE cot death is a tragedy, two is suspicious, and
three is murder.
That is the famous Meadowís Law that has been proved wrong yet
It was devised by Prof Sir Roy Meadow and adopted by police
probing baby deaths.
There is no doubt families have been devastated by Prof Meadow
and his disciples.
But so too has the legal process, which he has weakened with his
Prof Meadow has been overused by police as a witness and has
certainly outlived his usefulness.
It is time common sense prevailed. The GMC should ban him from
meddling in the lives of any more women.