Emotional moment Caroline Crouch’s baby is handed from killer’s mother to victim’s devastated mum after court battle


CAROLINE Crouch’s baby has been given to the murdered Brit’s mum after a court ruled she should have custody.

In emotional handover, the mother of Caroline’s killer husband was seen carrying Lydia down the road after the court ruling.

Lydia being take to a car for the handover by Anagnostopoulos' mum

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Lydia being take to a car for the handover by Anagnostopoulos’ mumCredit: YouTube/PhotoThema
Caroline was smothered by her husband

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Caroline was smothered by her husbandCredit: Tim Stewart
Anagnostopoulos had said he wanted to raise Lydia from behind bars

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Anagnostopoulos had said he wanted to raise Lydia from behind barsCredit: LNP

Caroline was smothered to death by husband Charalambos “Babis” Anagnostopoulos as their year-old daughter lay nearby.

Twisted  Anagnostopoulos, 33, claimed last week that he wanted to raise his baby daughter from prison but he’s now been banned from seeing her.

Caroline’s mum Susan had previously requested full custody of her granddaughter so that she is “not known as a killer’s daughter”.

But court stripped him of his parental rights and gave exclusive custody of the child to the Crouch family.

The emotional handover began around 9am in Athens, when little Lydia was seen being carried down the street to a car by Anagnostopoulos’ mum and brother, Protothema reports.

She was clutching a bag carrying Lydia’s clothes and other items.

The youngster was then taken to a secret location to be handed over to Caroline’s mum and dad.

The parents of the pilot had requested a joint custody and applied to look after her for at least six months of the year.

It currently remains unknown if they will try to overturn the judgement – legally they can apply against it within 30 days.

The two families – and particularly the two grandmothers – are said to have “excellent relations.” 

After killing Caroline, Anagnostopoulos strangled their puppy Roxy before telling cops they were the victims of a botched break-in at home in Athens – a charade he maintained for 38 days.

Anagnostopoulos tried to claim burglars killed Caroline

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Anagnostopoulos tried to claim burglars killed CarolineCredit: pixel8000

Caroline’s retired oil exec dad David, 78, said his grief turned to fury when he discovered cops had taken Anagnostopoulos from her memorial service to confront him with evidence proving he was the killer.

He said: “When I found out later, my one regret was that I hadn’t known when he was here. I would have blown his f***ing lying head right off his shoulders and willingly taken the consequences.”

UK-trained Anagnostopoulos, who is in prison, claims he killed Caroline because he feared for his safety after a violent row.

He even asked her parents to pay for her coffin, Thanassis Haramanis, the lawyer for Caroline’s family said.

“This man has no shame.  First he killed Caroline, then he asked her parents for money to pay for her coffin and to fly her body from Athens for the funeral.

“They gave him 4,000 euros. He paid nothing.”

HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – messageinfo@supportline.org.uk.

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.





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