|Matthew Mitchell Cotton|
|Introduced by||Dominic Treadwell-Collins|
|First Appearance||1st January 2015|
|Date of Birth||1st January 2015|
Matthew Mitchell Cotton is the son of Charlie Cotton and Ronnie Mitchell, he was born 1 January 2015 in Walford General after Ronnie is involved in a car accident. She is later placed in a coma. Roxy Mitchell looks after her nephew with the help of her partner Aleks Shirovs when Charlie refuses to see or care for his son due to Ronnie not being around. Matthew's grandfather, Nick Cotton takes Matthew from Roxy's flat in the middle of the night and attempts to force Charlie to spend time with his son, although Charlie refuses and takes him back to Roxy. Aleks suggests naming him Matthew after Charlie's grandmother Dot Branning quotes from the Gospel of Matthew. Aleks's daughter Ineta becomes fed up with her father looking after Matthew and takes him to the bus stop, so they can go to the hospital. Charlie finds them and takes Matthew home. Matthew is primarily cared for by his father Charlie and aunt Roxy until Ronnie is discharged from hospital when he is four months old.
When Matthew is nine months old, his parents separate and remains living with Ronnie, although Charlie vows to fight for custody of his son. When Charlie tells Roxy he wants to take Matthew to France with them, she soon tells Ronnie. Roxy runs away with Charlie, but he soon works out that Ronnie and Roxy are planning together when he notices Roxy looking at her phone continuously and Fatboy informs him that Vincent has told Ronnie, so he decides to leave with Matthew alone. However, Ronnie arrives before Charlie can board his train, and convinces him not to make the same mistakes as Nick did. Guilt ridden Charlie leaves on the train alone and leaving Matthew behind for Ronnie to find. Several days later, Charlie returns to Walford, having been persuaded by Dot to fight for his son, and refuses Ronnie access to Matthew threatening to reveal to the police that she murdered Carl White. She and her ex-boyfriend Vincent Hubbard confront Charlie, who then disappears, leaving Matthew in Ronnie's care again. Matthew lives with Ronnie and her former husband, Jack when she reunites with him in March 2016, and later Matthew's cousin, Jack and Roxy's daughter Amy Matthew is nearly hit by a car when Hannah Reynolds steps into the road whilst holding him, but is saved by Andy Flynn who pushes them out of the way of the approaching car..
On the night that Ronnie and Jack remarry, Ronnie and Roxy die, leaving Matthew solely in Jack's care. Jack's former stepmother Dot who is also Charlie's grandmother, tells Ronnie and Roxy's mother Glenda that Matthew should live with his biological father but Glenda insists that he is better off with Jack. Despite this, after Ronnie and Roxy's funerals, Glenda tells Jack she wants to raise Matthew. Jack insists Matthew will stay with him and Glenda threatens to go through the courts, but Jack decides to let Glenda move in to help bring up the children.