MUR­DER CHARGES LAID

Toormina man to front court over miss­ing tod­dler

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - Thomas Chamberlin, The Courier-Mail

A MAN and woman have been charged with mur­der af­ter po­lice ap­pealed for in­for­ma­tion into the dis­ap­pear­ance of tod­dler Baden Bond, who van­ished a decade ago.

A 43-year-old Woodridge woman and a 49-year-old man from Toormina, have each been charged with mur­der.

Two peo­ple were ar­rested on Thurs­day.

They were both due to ap­pear in the Bris­bane Mag­is­trates Court yesterday. It will be al­leged by po­lice 22-month-old Baden was killed some­time be­tween March 26 and May 17 at Woodridge or else­where in the state of Queens­land.

Baden Bond was last seen at his home at Woodridge, south of Bris­bane, in March 2007.

The ar­rests came af­ter de­tec­tives made a public ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion on Tues­day.

Ear­lier, the Courier-Mail re­ported Baden was in the care of his par­ents at the time of his dis­ap­pear­ance and there were no records of him at­tend­ing any school or med­i­cal ap­point­ment from that time.

His fam­ily left Queens­land and moved to New South Wales in Au­gust 2007.

In Jan­uary last year, a mag­is­trate in a north­ern New South Wales town hear­ing a case in­volv­ing the fam­ily asked of the where­abouts of the boy.

The par­ents, who have a num­ber of chil­dren, told the mag­is­trate he had gone to live with rel­a­tives in an­other part of the state.

Re­peated at­tempts by po­lice to ver­ify their story failed to find any trace of the boy.

Queens­land po­lice be­gan dig­ging up the back­yard of the Wa­gawn St prop­erty in Woodridge last year.

Bones found at the prop­erty are still be­ing foren­si­cally ex­am­ined and po­lice say it will take a few months to de­ter­mine if they are hu­man.

“We are treat­ing this as a homi­cide,” Homi­cide Squad De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Damien Hansen told me­dia on Thurs­day.

“I ask any per­son who has any knowl­edge of what oc­curred to Baden or any knowl­edge of Baden’s demise to con­tact Crime Stop­pers.”

Det Insp Hansen said the boy’s fam­ily had given po­lice a “num­ber of ver­sions” but none had led to the boy.

“We have searched ev­ery pos­si­ble lo­ca­tion for Baden,” he said.

“They have given us those ver­sions, that he is with rel­a­tives, that he is with dif­fer­ent peo­ple, but cer­tainly all our in­ves­ti­ga­tions have proven neg­a­tive.”

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