The body of a toddler killed by her mother who was obsessed with a motorcycle-riding ‘wolfman’ and aliens could be buried in bushland on the NSW Central Coast.
NSW Police considered searching the area after the woman’s notebooks were seized by detectives and an entry dated 2001 was found which read ‘Killed Snapper Point’.
Snapper Point is part of the Lake Munmorah State Conservation Area south of Newcastle.
Supreme Court Justice Robert Allan Hulme in Newcastle on Tuesday formally ordered the woman, 45, be released because she was not a danger to the community.
A 45-year-old mother (pictured) who killed her toddler was not convicted of murder because she was suffering schizophrenia at the time
He accepted psychiatric evidence that the mother of six had been in a stable condition for many years being treated with a potent, but low, dose of antipsychotic medication.
The woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to murdering her daughter aged between 16 and 28 months between December 25, 2000 and December 25, 2001.
The judge in August found she had killed the toddler but was not guilty of murder due to mental illness.
It was revealed she’d been suffering from a form of schizophrenia at the time and didn’t know what she was doing was wrong.
She pleaded not guilty to murdering her daughter (pictured) aged between 16 and 28 months between December 25, 2000 and December 25, 2001
The girl’s body has never been found.
Justice Hulme was cautious about drawing conclusions from the Snapper Point diary entry because others had been ‘nonsensical or impossible to follow’.
One psychiatrist believed the entries were evidence of thought disorder.
But police did consider searching the forest after the notebooks were found in 2004.
However, the area was too large, and the woman claimed her daughter was alive and being looked after by an elderly couple.
The girl’s body has never been found. NSW Police considered searching Snapper Point because of one of the woman’s diary entries which was dated 2001
Justice Hulme on Tuesday referred the woman to the Mental Health Review Tribunal to determine on-going treatment and rule if she should be banned from taking drugs and alcohol.
The woman’s judge-alone trial was told she talked of having to go to the top of a hill to be taken home by aliens but, if the ‘wolfman’ got there at the same time, she’d have to sacrifice a child by slitting its throat.
That would keep the wolfman busy so she could be with the aliens.
The woman, who liked to be called Rainbow, claimed to be a high priestess and would wear long flowing robes with a pentagram, a witchcraft symbol. She believed she was related to English royalty.
Despite the mother’s deteriorating mental health after her daughter’s birth in August 1999, Department of Community Services officers failed to seek treatment for her even though they visited regularly.
Three of her children had already been taken away because the woman couldn’t cope, and were being looked after by her mother, who the woman believed was a member of a satanic cult and a pedophile.
Psychiatrist Dr Stephen Allnutt suggested one possible motive for killing her daughter was to protect the child from her own mother. A second psychiatrist, Dr Olav Nielssen, agreed.
Dr Nielsen said mentally ill mothers might abandon a child with no hope of survival or allow them to drown.
Both psychiatrists believed the woman might not remember the act of killing but would be aware the girl was dead given she had to get rid of the body.