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William Tyrrell’s foster mother pleads not guilty to lying to secretive crime commission

William Tyrrell’s adoptive mother pleads not guilty to mysterious charge of lying to top-secret NSW Crime Commission

  • William Tyrrell’s adoptive mother in court for the first time on a new charge
  • She is accused of lying to a secret crime commission during the investigation.
  • The adoptive mother and father face other charges unrelated to William.

William Tyrrell’s adoptive mother has pleaded not guilty to giving false or misleading information to the NSW Crime Commission on an unknown matter.

The 59-year-old, whose name cannot be identified for legal reasons, was represented in Downing Center Local Court on Tuesday on the new charge.

She has maintained her innocence and will fight the charge when she returns to court in June.

The adoptive mother did not appear in court on Tuesday and suppression orders protecting her identity and the details of the case were extended.

More than seven years after three-year-old William disappeared from his adoptive grandmother’s home in Kendall, on the north coast of New South Wales, detectives have set their sights on his adoptive parents.

His adoptive mother was named as a person of interest before being indicted on a series of unrelated charges, including stalking and bullying a child who is not William.

The most recent charge was filed in February and relates to lying to the NSW Crime Commission. Further details of the alleged crime are not available to the public.

The Sydney couple were foster parents to the three-year-old boy when he disappeared from the town of Kendall, on the north coast of New South Wales, in September 2014.

The Sydney couple were foster parents to the three-year-old boy when he disappeared from the town of Kendall, on the north coast of New South Wales, in September 2014.

His partner, William’s foster father, was also charged with lying to the commission and bullying a child.

The couple have been in and out of court for months fighting to clear their names.

Court documents state that the stalking charges for both parents are related to the home.

In November 2021, both foster parents were also charged in connection with the alleged assault on a child, again not William.

Later, the adoptive mother received a second charge from the first charge.

Both have pleaded not guilty and indicated that they can request that the matter be heard under the Mental Health Act.

William Tyrrell's adoptive mother has now been charged with allegedly lying to the Crime Commission, in addition to two counts of harassment and intimidation that were filed last week.

The adoptive father of William Tyrrell (above) has been charged with a single count of harassment and intimidation and will face Hornsby Local Court later this month.

William Tyrrell’s adoptive mother has now been charged with allegedly lying to the Crime Commission, in addition to two counts of harassment and intimidation that were filed last week.

The Sydney couple were foster parents to the three-year-old boy when he disappeared from the town of Kendall, on the north coast of New South Wales, in September 2014.

William Tyrrell's adoptive father (above about the day the boy disappeared in 2014) was questioned about a mystery phone that police say had been registered in his name and disconnected days before the disappearance.

William Tyrrell’s adoptive father (above about the day the boy disappeared in 2014) was questioned about a mystery phone that police say had been registered in his name and disconnected days before the disappearance.

Documents obtained by Daily Mail Australia reveal that the adoptive father was questioned at length by Tyrrell’s then task force commander, Gary Jubelin, about a mystery phone that was active for nine months before being cut off.

“I had a disconnect date of 9/9/2014, so yeah, just a couple days before you came up,” Mr. Jubelin tells the foster father in a 2016 interview taped at New York City Police Headquarters. New South Wales in Parramatta.

Police allege the foster father “lied about something we can prove” when interviewed by the secretive NSW Crime Commission in 2021.

He testified up to two hours after being secretly summoned to appear at the NSWCC headquarters in Surry Hills on November 11.

Four days later, police launched a surprise “high-intensity” search in the bush some 800 meters from the house where William had stayed with his foster parents when he disappeared seven years ago.

On the second day of the search for William’s remains at an excavation site in the town of Kendall, on the north coast of New South Wales, the boy’s adoptive mother was declared a person of interest in his disappearance.

The foster mother's photo of her mother on the terrace with William and another child about an hour before the three-year-old disappeared without a trace.

The foster mother’s photo of her mother on the terrace with William and another child about an hour before the three-year-old disappeared without a trace.

Rural fire service officers search bushes last December about 700 yards from the Kendall home where William had disappeared seven years earlier.

Rural fire service officers search bushes last December about 700 yards from the Kendall home where William had disappeared seven years earlier.

William Tyrrell had been placed with the couple in March 2012 as an adopted son under the care of the then State Minister for Family and Community Services until he was 18 years old.

William was driven to his adoptive grandmother’s Kendall home on Friday, September 11, 2014, and was last seen playing on the deck of the home on Saturday morning.

A widespread search of the surrounding area failed to find any trace of him.

William Tyrrell was active 'non-stop' and about a week before he went missing from Kendall, he fell to his foster parents' house in Sydney and was lying down 'clumsily' and 'couldn't get back up'

William Tyrrell was “uninterruptedly” active and about a week before he went missing from Kendall, he fell to his foster parents’ home in Sydney and was lying down “clumsily” and “couldn’t get up again”.

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