William Tyrrell was always intended to stay in foster care for the rest of his childhood, away from his ‘career criminal’ father.
The young missing boy’s mother – revealed this week as Karlie Tyrrell – was also believed to have known of the intention for the arrangement.
She had ‘infrequent’ visits with her son, but the toddler considered his foster family his parents, according to the Daily Telegraph.
William Tyrrell was always intended to stay in foster care for the rest of his childhood to protect him from his ‘career criminal’ father
William’s biological parents were revealed this week after a shock court ruling, that saw Ms Tyrrell’s partner Brendan Collins also named as the birth father.
The pair were linked to domestic violence-related incidents from after William was removed from their care, and never abused him.
William’s biological father was also said to be a ‘career criminal’ who spent most of his son’s life in and out of prison.
The young boy was taken into foster care when he was eight months old and was abducted from his foster grandmother’s home in Kendall on NSW north coast in 2014.
While William (pictured) had reportedly had ‘infrequent’ visits with his biological mother, he was to have considered his foster family his parents
The young boy’s mother Karlie Tyrrell (pictured) was also believed to have known of the intention for the arrangement
The three-year-old was wearing his now-iconic Spider-Man costume at the time of his disappearance, with police, helicopters and 200 volunteers searching for him in the days following.
William’s parents and foster family are not suspected of having any involvement in his disappearance.
Ms Tyrrell, seen reportedly in 2011 when she was pregnant with William, was named as his birth mother this week
His parents’ identities were an open secret on the internet for years, but their identities can only now be published following the court ruling.
The revelation was made after a Supreme Court judge admitted William was likely to have died.
The judge made the confronting statement, saying there was ‘the tragic probability that he is no longer alive’.
Justice Brereton had disagreed with the stance of the The Department of Family and Community Services that releasing the information would have a negative effect on the case.
‘The notion that the efforts of trained and experienced police investigators might be distracted – presumably by an influx of pseudo-information in the nature of rumour and speculation – is quite unconvincing,’ he said.
It was a stunning defeat for the Department of Family and Community Services.
The department had reportedly tried to silence a vigilante Facebook group, Walking Warriors 4 Missing Children, for various posts on social media.
But the ruling stated there was substantial public interest in the ‘accountability and scrutiny of the out-of-home care system’ and accurately reporting the circumstances of William’s disappearance.
William (pictured) disappeared from outside his foster grandmother’s property in 2014, with police, helicopters and 200 volunteers searching for him to no avail in the days following
Ms Tyrrell (pictured), along with William’s father Brendan Collins, were reportedly linked to domestic violence-related incidents according to The Daily Telegraph
William’s biological grandmother, Natalie Collins spoke earlier in the week after the birth parents were announced, saying the family had been happy to be named.
She said: ‘They made us look like criminals for so long with all the secrecy and not naming us.
‘We were happy to be named all along but they wouldn’t let us.
‘I really think that all the weirdness with not being able to name Karlie and Brendan or the carers has made people think there is something suss about it.’
Ms Collins also said they were ‘not the ones looking after William when he went missing’.
‘They took him into care and promised us he would be safe,’ she said.
‘We are so relieved by the judge’s decision and I am very grateful to (activist) Allanna (Smith) for what she’s done for William.’
There is a $1 million reward for information which leads to the toddler’s discovery. He has been missing since September 12, 2014.
The incidents involving Ms Tyrrell and her partner were said to have occurred after William was put into care
The revelation about William’s case was made after a Supreme Court judge admitted that the boy was likely to have died, with police pictured here searching for him in 2015
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