Parents of Murdered Mom Win Custody of Her Toddler

Caroline Crouch’s Greek helicopter pilot husband suffocated her in her sleep and staged the crime to look like a robbery.

The parents of a British national murdered by her Greek husband earlier this year have been granted full custody of their toddler granddaughter.

Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, admitted suffocating Caroline Crouch, 20, on May 11 and then staging the crime to look like a robbery, according to Greek City Times.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Anagnostopoulos, a helicopter pilot, told police three men in hoods broke into their house in the Glyka Nera suburb of Athens and tied him up. He said he found Crouch dead and their baby crying next to her when he broke free.

Weeks later, police confronted him with evidence they’d uncovered that he was the killer and he allegedly confessed.

The medical examiner used Crouch’s smart watch records to uncover that she’d been in a deep sleep just moments before her heart rate abruptly shot up and she entered the “death process,” which took several minutes more.

“Death was not instantaneous,” the coroner said.

Constantinos and Georgia Anagnostopoulos, the father’s parents, looked after baby Lydia, who is 1 year old, immediately after her mother’s murder, but she was placed in the temporary care of Crouch’s parents, Susan and David Crouch, after Babis Anagnostopoulos confessed and the Crouches sought sole custody of the baby.

A judge granted them custody on Friday, Greek City Times said.

The Anagnostopouloses will have the right to see their granddaughter, who will live with the Crouches on the Aegean island of Alonnisos where they live — and where their daughter grew up.

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[Feature image: Babis Anagnostopoulo and Caroline Crouch/Instagram]