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NSW LEONIE ASTRA HUTCHINSON: Missing from Hunter Valley, NSW - Jan 2001 - Age 16 months *ARREST*

Discussion in 'Australia: Missing & Unidentified' started by MarlyWings, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Mother charged with murder of toddler who went missing from Hunter Valley in 2001

    Updated 11 minutes ago Wed 16 Mar 2016

    A mother has been charged with the murder of her daughter, who went missing from their NSW Hunter Valley family home 15 years ago.

    Leonie Astra Hutchinson was 16 months old when she was last seen in Scone in 2001 but not officially reported missing until January 2004.

    Detective Chief Inspector Tim Seymour said police had no doubt the toddler was dead and they had conducted searches for her remains in several places.

    The child's mother, Kate Hutchinson, 43, was arrested at her home in Evans Head on the state's far north coast on Wednesday morning and has been charged with murder.

    A coronial inquest into the matter in 2013 heard Hutchinson was involved in witchcraft and police subsequently searched the family home at Scone.

    Investigators believe the child was last seen alive at the property sometime around January 2001.


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  2. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    "The arrest was the culmination of the investigative process from the evidence that we've gathered from members of the public and other means, an inquest was held and that's what lead us to this point," he said.

    "It has showcased the dedication and resilience of investigators and the police attached to Strike Force Kununa have shown great dedication bring this to the arrest phase.

    "We're still searching for the remains of the toddler and I would appeal to anybody at this point who has any information to contact Crimestoppers."


    Anyone with information in relation to the disappearance of Cayleb is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report to www.crimestoppersvic.vic.gov.au

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  3. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Also from that above report....

    "It's part of what we do, it's our business, not to let go and to continue to investigate these matters."

    I LOVE how they never let go!!!
  4. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    I do too Marly! How sad, and what a cutie she is! I just don't understand how anyone can hurt a baby, its just unbelievable.
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  5. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    I'm with you, Imamazed. They are sacred.
  6. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

  7. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Yeah this case does have shades of Tegan Lane Missy!

    There's just so many "Tegans" though....just horrific!!

    Those types of "mothers" obviously don't want kids so why on earth don't they either quit having them or give them up for adoption at birth!!
  8. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

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  9. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    wow.... i can't believe anyone could harm a hair on this beautiful little child. My heart breaks for her. What a little angel. Her mother was involved in witchcraft? I knew one or two women in the deep south who were into that stuff and my goodness it was not pretty. You wouldn't believe the lengths some people go to in order to have their "will be done". It's so stupid and disgusting and horrific and i could go on but i won't. WHERE IS THIS SWEET CHILD WHO IS BELOVED BY SO MANY WHO NEVER EVEN KNEW HER?!
  10. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

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  11. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

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  12. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    This Story, I am just reading about it. What a "World of Hell" for ALL her Children. I don't even want to think HOW this little girl died. I hope they find Her body. And that would yield maybe more horrors! This is so HEARTBREAKING and SICKENING! And the Mother of the "Murderer" saw her once hold a "Baby's face under a Faucet so she couldn't breathe?! WHAT?!!! I am glad this Woman is "Locked up". She is really a THREAT, It's TERRIFYING!!!

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