The mother of missing toddler William Tyrrell has denied any role in his disappearance, urging her son’s kidnapper to “let him come home”.

Karlie Tyrrell also said the foster parents looking after her son when he went missing at the age of three had “failed” him and should feel guilty.

“They were responsible for looking after him, and they failed,” Ms Tyrrell said.

“She went inside and made a cup of tea. If that’s the case, like, OK, that’s an accident, and that’s unfortunate, but it doesn’t make any sense to me. Kids don’t just go missing.”

William Tyrrell vanished as he played in his foster grandmother’s front yard on the NSW Mid North Coast the morning of September 12, 2014.

His disappearance sparked a mammoth police investigation and generated widespread public concern.

However, legal restrictions prevented his foster status and the identity of his biological parents being revealed until last year.

Speaking publicly for the first time, Ms Tyrrell told Channel Seven’s Sunday Night she isolated herself as she “felt like the worst mum in the world”.

 “Because I haven’t come out and said anything, of course, people are gonna assume I don’t care.

“And that’s OK, because I know that I do.

“Their judgement doesn’t bother me, really. I’m not a bad person. I’m not a bad mum.”

Ms Tyrrell said she shared the hopes of investigators and some experts that William was still alive, pleading with her son’s kidnapper to not hurt him.

“Just let him come home. Please. It’s not fair. This isn’t fair.”

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  • And it seems she was right. Foster Father charged with giving false and misleading evidence


  • Everyone is heartbroken over this case – wish it could be resolved one way or another.


  • Such a terrible thing to have happened. I just wish someone would speak up so that he can be found and returned home. It’s a long time for a young boy to be without his Mum


  • A haven for germs etc. Like others have commented I dread the behaviour that may happen in them too

    • My apologies a comment I made about ball pit parties has appeared in the wrong spot. I mut have clicked on the wrong comment link.


  • I think he was let down by a series of events and a series of people, not just one person. Poor little thing, I really pray for him and hope he is found safely.


  • I really hope this little boy is found, such a sad story.


  • As a huge community we all hope this mystery is solved one day and William is found.


  • I hope they find him and they all get some closure.


  • Don’t think the foster family is to blame when the boy was playing in the foster grandmother’s front yard. The person who took this child is to blame. Sad that we still don’t know who that is.


  • She has to accept some responsibility. He wouldn’t have even been in foster care if she hadn’t failed him first. But ultimately the blame lies entirely with whoever took him. I have to admit, he’s the reason I won’t let my 4 year old outside by himself.


  • I really hope that one day this mystery is solved.


  • Terrible. Poor families. I can imagine the frustration of William Tyrrell’s biological mother, but the foster family must feel so bad about it too.


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