William Tyrrell’s foster mother has now been charged with lying to the state’s secretive Crime Commission, just weeks after her husband was laid with the same charge.
The 59-year-old was issued with a court attendance on Tuesday by NSW Homicide detectives, the Daily Telegraph reports.
She has been ordered to appear at the Downing Centre on May 24.
The news comes after both foster parents were also charged last week with stalking and intimidation, the foster mother facing two charges and the foster dad a single count.
The charges of stalk, intimidate intend fear of physical or mental harm are domestic related, according to court documents.
As the investigation into the toddler’s 2014 disappearance continues, the couple whose identities are suppressed for legal reasons are due to face Hornsby Local Court on the allegations later this month.
The 56-year-old foster mother was hit with the fresh charge by NSW Police last Friday.
Her lawyer, Sharon Ramsden, told the court her client would be pleading not guilty to the charge, The Australian reports.
The foster mother of William Tyrrell has now been charged with allegedly lying to the Crime Commission, on top of two counts of stalking and intimidation which were laid last week
The Sydney couple were foster parents to three-year-old William Tyrrell (pictured) when he disappeared from the NSW Mid North Coast town of Kendall, in September 2014
William Tyrrell’s foster father (above) has been hit with a single charge of stalk and intimidate and will face Hornsby Local Court later this month
William’s foster father, 55, and foster mother were charged in November 2021 in relation to the alleged assault of a child who is not William Tyrrell.
Both foster parents have pleaded not guilty, and have indicated they may apply to have the matter heard under the Mental Health Act.
The Sydney couple were foster parents to the three-year-old when he disappeared from the NSW Mid North Coast town of Kendall, in September 2014.
It comes weeks after it was revealed William’s foster father was charged in January with two counts of ‘knowingly provide false and misleading evidence’.
The charges were only revealed in late March following a revision of non-publication orders surrounding the case.
The foster father, who police claim ‘lied about something we can prove’, gave the allegedly false evidence to the secretive NSW Crime Commission late last year.
William’s foster father (pictured in December 2021) was charged in January this year with two counts of ‘knowingly provide false and misleading evidence’
On the second day of the search for William’s remains at a dig site in the NSW Mid North Coast town of Kendall, the boy’s foster mother was declared a person of interest in his disappearance
The details of what exactly is the evidence provided to the NSW Crime Commission by the foster father which police claim is false and misleading are unavailable.
The foster father has entered pleas of not guilty to both charges.
He testified for up to two hours after being secretly summonsed to appear at the NSWCC Surry Hills headquarters on November 11.
This was four days before NSW Police launched a surprise ‘high intensity’ search of bushland around 800m from the house where William had been staying with his foster parents when he vanished seven years ago.
On the second day of the search for William’s remains at a dig site in the NSW Mid North Coast town of Kendall, the boy’s foster mother was declared a person of interest in his disappearance.
NSW Police launched a surprise ‘high intensity’ search of bushland around 800m from the house where William had been staying when he vanished seven years ago
Last month, William’s foster mother was charged with another count of common assault of a child, which also does not relate to William, and her lawyer has indicated she will plead not guilty.
William Tyrrell had been placed with the couple in March 2012 as a foster child in the care of the then state minister for family and community services until he was 18 years old.
William was driven to the Kendall home of his foster grandmother on Friday, September 11, 2014 and was last seen playing on the verandah of the house on the Saturday morning.
A widespread search for him in the surrounding area failed to find any trace of him.
Last November, NSW police revealed the foster mother was being treated as a person of interest in William’s case.
William was driven to the Kendall home of his foster grandmother on Friday, September 11, 2014 and was last seen playing on the verandah (pictured) on the Saturday morning
A new and extensive search for William’s remains at Kendall began at the same time and continued for four weeks.
Police, SES and rural fire workers along with detectives from Strike Force Rosann spent four weeks late last year digging up a section of forest less than a kilometre from the house where William vanished.
Combing bushland and digging with excavators, police searched along Batar Creek Road, Kendall for William’s remains and scraps from the SpiderMan suit he was last seen wearing.
The foster mother denied any involvement in William’s disappearance and no charges have ever been laid against any person.
Police said William’s foster mother was seen driving along the road on the morning the boy vanished.