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Baby death mother 'has nothing'
Donna Anthony with solicitor George Hawks
Donna Anthony's case was one of 28 sent for review
A mother who was wrongly convicted of murdering her two children has said she will never celebrate the decision to overturn her convictions.

Donna Anthony told the Daily Mirror she was treated as the "worst of the worst" in prison and had "nothing left".

The Appeal Court said her convictions, for which she had served six years of a life sentence, were unsafe.

On Monday a judge said evidence at her trial from Professor Sir Roy Meadow had been "significantly undermined".

Ms Anthony told the Mirror: "What I have now is nothing to what I've lost. I've lost my mum, my children and my friends.

If only my mum had been there to see me freed
Donna Anthony

"I'll never celebrate. I have tears and anger inside me screaming to come out."

Ms Anthony, who was divorced while in jail, said she was constantly taunted by other inmates.

Mother's death

After her mother died in 2003 Ms Anthony felt she "couldn't go on".

"No matter how hard it got, she still believed in me," she said. "If only my mum had been there to see me freed."

I have never been allowed to grieve properly for my children and now perhaps I will finally be able to
Donna Anthony

Ms Anthony was convicted of killing her daughter Jordan, aged 11 months, in 1996 and her son Michael, aged four months, in 1997. She was jailed in 1998.

She had always claimed both children were victims of cot death and not smothering as alleged by the prosecution.

The case against her centred on evidence from experts including Sir Roy, who said the chances of two babies dying of natural causes within one family were one in 73 million. His evidence has since been discredited.

Ms Anthony's case was one of 28 referred to the Criminal Cases Review Commission after Angela Cannings' conviction was quashed in January 2004. Mrs Cannings was cleared on appeal of killing her two sons.

Following her release Ms Anthony said: "I have never been allowed to grieve properly for my children and now perhaps I will finally be able to."


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SEE ALSO:
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Q&A: Donna Anthony case
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Profile: Sir Roy Meadow
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The science behind cot deaths
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