Karen Matthews 'has no friends left except a pet budgie'

Mother Karen Matthews, who was jailed for kidnapping her own daughter, has been left with only a budgie to be her friend, a source has claimed.

Matthews served four years in jail for kidnapping her daughter Shannon, nine, in 2008 to generate cash from the publicity.

The mother, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, made several emotional pleas for her child to return during the huge police search despite being aware of where she was.

Nearly a decade on from the scandal, a source revealed the mother only has one friend left – her pet budgie and treats the bird, called Bobby, like her child, even calling him her 'baby boy'.

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Karen Matthews the mother of missing 9-year-old Shannon Matthews holds her daughters favourite teddy bear as she makes an emotional appeal for her safe return today.
Police search teams near the home of nine year old Shannon Matthews who went missing from her home in Dewsbury last night.
Neighbour of the nine-year-old Shannon Matthews, Sophie, 3, looks out of her window which has a poster with a picture of missing Shannon on, who failed to return to her home in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire on Tuesday.
A person walks holding a local newspaper showing a picture of missing girl Shannon Matthews, 9, from Moorside Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
Yorkshire Police officers search for missing girl Shannon Matthews, 9, from Moorside Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
Yorkshire Police officers search for missing girl Shannon Matthews, 9, from Moorside Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
Karen Matthews sets off for the press conference for her missing daughter, Shannon Matthews, 9, from Moorside Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
Karen Matthews sets off for the press conference for her missing daughter, Shannon Matthews, 9, from Moorside Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
Poster for missing girl Shannon Matthews, 9, from Moorside Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
West Yorkshire Police handout CCTV still of missing Shannon Matthews (second left) at Dewsbury Swimming Pool shortly before she disappeared on Tuesday afternoon.
Police underwater search teams search a pond near the home of missing child Shannon Matthews in Dewsbury.
Supporters and family members of missing nine year old Shannon Matthews walk around Dewsbury tonight to try and find her.
File photo dated 26/02/08 of Shannon Matthew's mother Karen pictured walking with Shannon's stepfather Craig Meehan (in cap).
Police dog search teams search Crows Nest Park near the home of missing child Shannon Matthews in Dewsbury.
Residents of Dewsbury Moor tear up the missing girl posters and hold a street party to celebrate the news that Shannon Matthews was reported to be found.
Residents of Dewsbury Moor hold a street party to celebrate the news that Shannon Matthews was reported to be found today.
Police forensics officers outside the Lidgate Gardens address where Shannon Matthews was found today.
Karen Matthews, 32, and Craig Meehan, 22, the mother and stepfather of nine-year-old Shannon Matthews outside their home in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
Shannon Matthews' stepfather Craig Meehan talks to A Community Support Officer at his home at Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
Karen Matthews (carrying pram) leaves her home in Moorside Road, Dewsbury Moor accompanied by family liaison officers
39 -year-old Michael Donovan, of Lidgate Gardens, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire arrives in a police van at Dewsbury Magistrates Court where he was charged with the kidnap and false imprisonment of Shannon Matthews.
Karen Matthews, mother of Shannon Matthews, talks on the microphone after planting flowers in her garden with local children at Moorside Road, Dewsbury Moor, West Yorkshire.
Craig Meehan, stepfather of Shannon Matthews, is led out of Dewsbury Police Station in West Yorkshire, before appearing in court this morning.
Karen Matthews, mother of Shannon Matthews, is led from Dewsbury police station, before her court appearance in connection with the alleged abduction of her daughter.
A van leaves Dewsbury Magistrates Court after Karen Matthews, mother of Shannon Matthews, was remanded in custody for repeatedly concealing information about the whereabouts of her daughter.
Undated handout photo issued by West Yorkshire Police of a base of a bed shown as evidence by the prosecution in the kidnap and false imprisonment trial of Shannon Matthews at Leeds Crown Court.
File photo dated 17/03/08 of Karen Matthews, the mother of Shannon Matthews, as Shannon's grandparents have criticised a BBC drama based on the hoax kidnap of the schoolgirl.
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A source close to Matthews told the Daily Star: "The budgie is now her only friend in the world.

"She asks him for advice on a daily basis. She has no-one else now."

The mother-of-seven allegedly used to own another bird named Archie, who died last year.

Matthews and Michael Donovan were found guilty of kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice in December 2008.

The search for Shannon was compared to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

There are reports that Matthews wants to sell the rights to her autobiography so she can pay for cosmetic surgery in the hope it would help her to go unrecognised.

It is believed all seven of Matthews' children are living under new names and no longer have a relationship with their mother.

Last year, Matthews told the Daily Mirror: "I'm not Britain's worst mum. I didn't kill anybody.

"Baby P's mum and Maxine Carr don't get the abuse that I do.

"None of it's true. I'm on the edge. It makes me want to kill myself but I'd never do that. I'm scared I'll die lonely and alone."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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