William Tyrrell’s biological grandmother has opened up about the ‘shambolic’ police investigation into the little boy’s disappearance.
The woman who cannot be identified for legal reasons surrounding adoptions, said in the early stages after the three-year-old in the Spiderman suit vanished from his foster grandmother’s home in Kendal on the Mid North Coast of NSW, she was kept in the dark by detectives.
She took aim at high-profile homicide detective Gary Jubelin, who led the investigation until he was sensationally removed from the case in 2019 after being found guilty of illegally recording a suspect..
‘The foster care people, they knew everything and we knew nothing,’ she told A Current Affair.
‘The first time I met Gary Jubelin was at the inquest. He walked past me, and I said to him, ‘that’s right, keep walking.’
Bombshell emails reveal that William’s foster parents, who are now considered person’s of interest in the case, were taking steps to adopt the toddler – even holding discussion on the morning he vanished in September 2014.
William’s biological grandmother recounted supervised visits her son and his partner would have with William.
‘So, we were just having a little picnic – out jumps the foster care mother… and starts giving the kids lollipops and Kinder Surprises,’ she said.
‘So she was just like watching what’s going on. My son used to always say he was too scared to love his kids… he was too scared to love them for an hour of supervised visits.’
It comes after William’s biological father revealed he is in a state of fear as detectives search for his son’s remains in bushland near the area where he was last seen.
Children’s advocate Allanna Smith said William’s birth mother, father and grandmother are racked with emotion as police search for the missing toddler’s remains at three dig sites in Kendall, on the NSW mid north coast.
William’s birth father, who also cannot be identified for legal reasons, has ‘been fearful’ about developments in the case this week, Ms Smith told Daily Mail Australia.
The father-of-four allegedly spiralled after the toddler went missing.
He developed a drug habit and has been in and out of jail in the years since, and his mother is said to be nervous about how the developments in the case are impacting his mental health.
William’s biological father – who is no longer be dating his mother – allegedly spiralled after the toddler went missing
Pictured: Who’s who is William Tyrrell’s complicated family tree – from his wealthy north shore foster parents to a ‘homeless’ biological dad and single mum raising his two younger brothers
The little boy in the Spider-Man suit was last seen at his foster grandmother’s home in September 2014
Children’s advocate Allanna Smith (pictured) said William’s birth mother, father and grandmother are racked with emotion as police search for the missing toddler’s remains at three dig sites in Kendall, on the NSW mid north coast
She is ‘panicked by the thought of when William is found… what that is going to do to William’s father’.
It’s understood William’s biological father is now homeless and has fallen out of touch with his family. He learned of the developments in the case via social media.
‘He’s homeless,’ William’s biological grandmother told The Daily Telegraph. ‘I don’t know where he is. I heard from him once when he got out, I felt so bad because he had nothing.’
‘Look what [this has] done to me, look what [this has] done to my son.’
William’s biological paternal grandmother is said to be worried about how her son will cope with developments in the case
William went to live with his foster parents as a seven-month-old in January 2012 and remained in their care until his September 2014 disappearance.
Ms Smith, who won a landmark legal battle against the NSW Government to have William’s status as a fostered child made public in 2017, said the missing boy’s birth family is on a rollercoaster of emotions.
‘They are getting some relief, but it’s bittersweet,’ she said.
Ms Smith, who announced she would be calling on NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet for a full parliamentary inquiry into the Tyrrell case once William’s remains were found, said the current search was ‘well overdue’.
‘But not before time,’ she said of the proposed inquiry.
‘I don’t want to detract from good work that is now happening (but) I think we are all aware of the mistakes in this case.
William’s biological mother told media she felt like ‘the worst mum in the world’ after learning her three-year-old had disappeared while in the care of his foster family
William went to live with his foster parents as a seven-month-old in January 2012 and remained in their care until his September 2014 disappearance
NSW Police are seen combing the dirt of cleared bushland in Kendall near the house
‘This is one case I have been heavily invested in and for the first time I unequivocally believe it is headed in the right direction that will see a positive but sadly emotive outcome for all involved.
‘People are angry.’
Police are investigating whether William may have accidentally fallen off a balcony at his foster grandmother’s home.
But his biological nan told Daily Mail Australia the theory does not hold any weight for her and is ‘frustrated’ her opinions haven’t been heard during the investigation.
On Wednesday, William’s foster parents were each charged with a count of common assault over an alleged incident with a child in their home on Sydney’s upper north shore. The charges do not relate to William.
Daily Mail Australia has learned the car which once belonged to William’s late foster grandmother was allegedly used by the foster mother near the spot on the NSW mid north coast where he disappeared
Police returned to the three dig sites on Thursday to continue combing the dirt for clues
Police are investigating whether William may have accidentally fallen off a balcony at his foster grandmother’s home
In 2016, Allanna Smith (pictured) took on the then Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) to make public the revelation he was in foster care when he vanished
The children’s advocate said she stands by her belief that a suppression is not warranted in this unique case.
‘The health, safety and welfare of children especially under care and the parental oversight of the minister should be a matter of paramount importance to us,’ she said.
In 2016, Allanna Smith took on the then Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) to make public the revelation he was in foster care when he vanished.
Ms Smith had herself been removed from her biological mother at an early age and was in care for about seven years while ‘I was sexually, physically and emotionally abused’.
NSW Supreme Court Justice Paul Brereton ruled William’s disappearance ‘while he was in the parental responsibility of the minister, and in the care of departmentally approved carers’ was a matter of legitimate public interest.
Justice Breteon also said at the time William was probably already dead. FACS appealed the ruling, but it was upheld by three judges in the NSW Court of Appeal.