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Au pair, father quit spending donations on expensive hotel

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English au pair Louise Woodward and her father have moved into the home of one of her lawyers because they were uncomfortable with spending donations on a pricey hotel, the Associated Press has learned.

Woodward and her father, Gary, have moved into the home of attorney Elaine Whitfield Sharp, who helped defend the 19-year-old woman against charges she shook an 8-month-old boy under her care to death.A source close to Woodward, who requested anonymity, said Gary Woodward was uncomfortable staying in a fancy hotel on charity money raised by supporters and was hurt by news reports criticizing his daughter for having thousands of donated dollars at her disposal.

Woodward has since worked out a "practical and thrifty" spending allowance for both him and his daughter, the source said Monday. Her lawyer's home is in Marblehead, an affluent seaside community north of Boston.

A jury found Woodward guilty last month of second-degree murder in the death of Matthew Eappen, but the conviction was reduced to manslaughter days later by the trial judge who then sentenced Woodward to the 279 days she had already served.

Since then, Woodward and her family stayed in a suite at the Hyatt Harborside Conference Hotel, where rooms start at $249 a night. She has been ordered to remain in Massachusetts while the appeals process is under way.