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Murdered Caroline Crouch’s parents gain full custody of her toddler Lydia and her murderous husband’s family gains access rights, Greek court rules

  • The toddler will grow up in her mother’s family home, a court in Greece ruled
  • She saw her mother being suffocated by her father, a Greek helicopter pilot
  • Miss Crouch was murdered by her husband Babis Anagnostopoulos in Athens in May
  • Then he cynically committed a burglary and spun a cruel web of lies against her family










The parents of the murdered Caroline Crouch have been given full custody of their granddaughter Lydia, it can be revealed.

The toddler, who witnessed her British mother being suffocated by her Greek helicopter pilot father, will now grow up in her mother’s childhood home, a court in Greece ruled yesterday.

Miss Crouch was murdered in Athens on May 11 by her husband Babis Anagnostopoulos in front of baby Lydia in Athens.

He then cynically committed a burglary and spinning a vicious web of lies against her family that robbers had murdered the 19-year-old Briton in their home.

Anagnostopoulos, 33, finally confessed weeks later after police confronted him with evidence that he was the killer.

The toddler, who witnessed her British mother being suffocated by her Greek helicopter pilot father, will now grow up in her mother’s childhood home, a court in Greece ruled yesterday.

Now their one-year-old daughter – whose father is likely to receive a life sentence – has been formally placed in the care of Miss Crouch’s parents, Susan and David, on the Aegean island of Alonissos where they live.

The hearing made the temporary single custody arrangement a permanent one in June.

The killer’s parents, Constantinos and Georgia, have access rights.

Mr. and Mrs. Anagnostopoulos took care of Lydia after her mother’s murder and they had wanted to keep her, but Mr. and Mrs. Crouch made a legal offer for custody.

Crouch, 78, from Liverpool, told the Mail: ‘Susan and I have been given full custody of the other grandparents who have been granted visitation rights five times a month.

“It is now our intention to baptize Lydia, like Caroline, in the Greek Orthodox Church in the small chapel near the cemetery where Caroline was laid to rest.”

The retired engineer added: “Lydia is doing well, and like her mother, she’s getting more beautiful every day.

She now walks confidently, eats heartily and charms everyone she comes in contact with.

“Unfortunately, although she has a nice new crib with the latest hi-tech mattress, she adamantly refuses to sleep alone.”

Anagnostopoulos, 33, finally confessed weeks later after police confronted him with evidence he was the killer

Anagnostopoulos, 33, finally confessed weeks later after police confronted him with evidence he was the killer

Instead, she sleeps with Mrs. Crouch in her daughter’s cot, with posters of her favorite band, One Direction, all over it.

The Crouches have already chosen Lydia’s godparents – two of Miss Crouch’s best friends from her time on the island.

‘The duty of the godparents is taken very seriously here in Greece,’ said Mr Crouch.

“They are expected to be concerned with Lydia’s mental well-being and so we have chosen two people who are likely to remain here on Alonissos throughout her childhood.”

Her paternal grandparents currently live on the island in their vacation home. “They are frequent visitors and of course they are in love with their granddaughter,” he said.

The murder shocked the island and even all of Greece.

It was only 38 days after her death that Mrs Crouch had been murdered by her husband – suffocated when she slept with Lydia in their home in an upscale enclave of the Greek capital.

Police found the child clinging to her mother’s lifeless body. A motive for the murder has yet to be determined. In July, the Daily Mail set up the Lydia Fund to secure its financial future.

  • www.dailymail.co.uk/lydiafund

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