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William Tyrrell’s adoptive mother faces new assault charge unrelated to him

The adoptive mother of missing toddler William Tyrrell is facing a serious new unrelated charge.

William Tyrrell’s adoptive mother has been charged with a new offense of common assault, but it is not related to the missing toddler.

Barrister Sharon Ramsden told Hornsby Local Court in New South Wales on Tuesday that the 56-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, would plead not guilty to the new charge.

The adoptive parents had previously pleaded not guilty to molesting a child who is not William.

It was revealed last year that the adoptive mother and deceased adoptive grandmother were being treated as persons of interest in William’s disappearance.

They both denied any wrongdoing and no charges were ever brought.

The three-year-old boy disappeared in September 2014 from a house that belonged to his adoptive grandmother.

He was last seen wearing his beloved Spider-Man outfit.

Police conducted a renewed and thorough search for the boy in the Kendall area late last year.

Officers searched the bush, waterways and reservoirs of the adoptive grandmother’s home.

William was never found despite years of detective work, the identification of hundreds of people of interest, and a $1 million reward for the information.

The 54-year-old adoptive mother and father will both return to court in April.

Originally published as Foster mother of William Tyrrell facing new unrelated assault charge