William Tyrrell’s foster mother accused of hitting child with wooden spoon, court hears

“[The] allegations by SD that the child was misbehaving are not supported,” the police prosecutor said in response.

“The intimidation relates to an ongoing [alleged] pattern of violence.”

SD appeared in Parramatta Local Court flanked by her husband and a friend.

In applying for the case to be dealt with under mental health legislation, her lawyer Sharon Ramsden said it is “unlikely if not impossible” for SD to commit another similar offence.

Both children have been removed from her care, with Magistrate Feather noting she is unlikely to be a foster carer in the future.

“SD has been struggling with ill mental health for years in context of accumulated severe … personal stresses,” he said, noting she had been diagnosed with both PTSD and major depressive disorder and that the alleged offences occurred during a “particularly stressful period” of her life.

William Tyrrell, who was in foster care with SD and her husband, vanished from SD’s mother’s home on the NSW Mid North Coast, aged three, in September 2014.

Despite the offer of NSW’s first $1 million rewarda high-profile police investigation canvassing more than 600 persons of interesta dedicated strike force and a coronial investigation, no trace of the little boy in the Spider-Man suit has ever been found and nobody has ever been charged over his disappearance and presumed death.

In a stunning change of focus, SD was last year revealed to be the sole person of interest in William’s baffling disappearance by then-police commissioner Mick Fuller as Strike Force Rosann detectives undertook yet another forensic search at the home from which he vanished.

Police last year also seized the car that belonged to SD’s mother at the time of William’s disappearance.

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