The next day, November 24, the foster father and child were again in the car for a morning trip.
“Maybe you felt what you felt yesterday, but [child] I’ll never touch you,” he said. “Maybe you were scared, but [child]I’m just so exhausted because what you’re doing consumes everyone and then everyone goes to work and they’re in a bad mood, having a bad day.
“I can’t remember the last time I was happy, I enjoyed it and that’s not fair to anyone.”
On January 26, 2021, the family was at home when an argument broke out over the child not tidying his room and the mother said she was throwing some items away.
“No, you don’t talk. you have no voice You have no voice,” said the mother. “You’re done. I’m coming through here — you’re done, shut up. You’re not getting to talk.”
The crying child said they didn’t know where certain clothes were, but “you throw them in the bin anyway”.
“You want to push me [child]?” The mother answered. “Go on. Go on, I’m not done yet. I’m stronger than you, I’ll outlive you, you won’t beat me.
“Look at me. I’m stronger, I’ve done this before, I will continue to do it. I will outlive you. You keep pushing me [child]I’ll go harder…your choice.”
On Monday, the mother pleaded guilty to two counts of kicking the child in the thigh and hitting her with a wooden spoon, but denied any intimidation. The father denied all charges against him: one count of aggravated assault and one count of intimidation.
Prosecutor John Marsh said the child was removed from the home after police met with the Department for Communities and Justice.
William, 3, disappeared from his foster grandmother’s home in the town of Kendall on the north mid-coast of New South Wales on September 12, 2014.
Despite a lengthy investigation and an investigation started in 2019, no trace of William has ever been found and no one has been charged in his disappearance.
The hearing continues.
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