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William Tyrrell's foster parents to face court

William Tyrrell's foster parents to face court

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Missing toddler William Tyrrell’s foster parents are due to face court in Sydney charged with assaulting a different child.

The foster mother and father each face one count of common assault, alleged to have occurred at a home on Sydney’s upper north shore this year.

They are scheduled to face a magistrate in Hornsby Local Court today in relation to charges that do not relate to William, who went missing when he was three years old in September 2014 from a home at Kendall on the NSW mid-north coast. The identities of the foster parents and the child involved in the assault charges cannot be revealed for legal reasons.

Inquiries into the boy’s disappearance continue, with police on Monday flagging their current search around Willian’s last known location could take months.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller says investigations will continue “until investigators believe that the job is done”.

More than 15 tonnes of soil have been taken to a lab for analysis and Mr Fuller says it could be “weeks and weeks of searching through that before we have any answers.”

Police have already sent “material and other things found up there that would be foreign to normal bushlands” away for DNA testing.

NSW Police Minister David Elliott told Sunrise on Tuesday that investigators are “not going to stop” searching for William.

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