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William Tyrrell: Mum blames foster family for disappearance

William Tyrrell’s mum delivered an impassioned interview in 2018, all but blaming her son’s foster family for the 2014 tragedy.

William Tyrrell’s biological mother lashed out at his foster parents after her son’s disappearance, saying the family should feel responsible for what happened to her son seven years ago.

The missing boy’s complicated family situation has been under the spotlight again this week with William’s foster mother emerging as a person of interest in the three-year-old’s disappearance. The foster mother has previously declared she had “nothing to hide”.

William was taken from his biological parents as a toddler after allegations of domestic violence and drug use.

His biological mother, who has two other sons who remain in her care in Sydney’s west, lambasted the foster carers on Channel 7’s Sunday Night program in March, 2018.

She accused the family, who also had care of her daughter, of failing to properly supervise her kids while they played at their foster grandmother’s home the morning of September 12, 2014.

“They were responsible for looking after him, and they failed,” said William’s mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

“She went inside and made a cup of tea. If that’s the case, like, OK, that’s an accident, and that’s unfortunate, but it doesn’t make any sense to me. Kids don’t just go missing.”

She was at the time confident that William had been kidnapped, and said if someone took him, they needed “a bullet”.

“Where else could he be? He’s not in the bush … I feel like whoever has him needs a bullet.

“Just let him come home. Please. It’s not fair. This isn’t fair.”

The mum also detailed how William had been taken into foster care after she fled with him when he was nine months old.

It was shortly after her eldest daughter had entered the foster system and at a time when she was dealing with “domestic violence and drugs and alcohol, (and) marijuana”.

“When I had to do a drug screen, I tested positive after I’d had my children,” she told the program.

William’s biological dad, who is now estranged from William’s mum, has a history of drug use and has struggled extensively with his mental health.

He also previously revealed that William was taken into government care after he tried to run away with him when he was nine months old.

“We were happy, just me and him for seven weeks, until DOCs (Department of Community Services) took him into care,” he told The Daily Telegraph in 2018.

“I know I’ve had a history of drugs problems but I’d never harm my boy. DOCS took him from me to keep him safe and now … he’s probably dead.”

His comments came two weeks after he was released from prison where he served time for drug and theft offences.

He said following his stint in jail he had been “clean” from drugs and was in a healthy state of mind.

While William’s dad helped in the initial bush searches, he expressed an early sense that his son had been killed, addressing the little boy in his interview with the publication.

“I think you’re dead, I think someone has hurt you bad. I’m so sorry I couldn’t help you,” he said.

William’s sister delivered a heart-wrenching testimony that was played at the end of the 19-month inquest into William’s disappearance last year.

The little girl, aged 10 at the time, shared her plan to one day become a police officer so she could find her younger brother.

“I hope this speech makes you solve the case,” she told authorities.

“If it doesn’t, when I am officially adult, I will be in the police force, a detective specifically, and I will find my brother and not give up until he is found.

“Please help my family, most of all me, find our precious William.”

William’s biological grandmother this week revealed a detective had made contact with her to say police were “digging up the garden bed” at the Kendall property where he was last seen.

She said police told her William was “probably going to be under there somewhere”.

Foster mum becomes person of interest

William’s foster mother, a 56-year-old woman from Sydney’s north shore who had been caring for William since March 2012, has been revisited as a person of interest.

She has not been arrested or charged over William’s disappearance.

The foster mum and dad were on Wednesday charged with common assault of a child – not William – who cannot be named for legal reasons.

“As part of ongoing investigations under Strike Force Rosann, detectives from the Homicide Squad received information relating to the suspected assault of a child at a home on Sydney’s Upper North Shore,” a NSW Police spokesperson said.

“Following inquiries, Strike Force Rosann detectives served Court Attendance Notices on legal representatives of a 56-year-old woman and a 54-year-old man earlier today.”

The pair are due to appear at Hornsby Local Court on Tuesday, November 23.


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