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11-13-2004, 11:28 PM
Mother silent on missing toddler
By Marnie O'Neill
November 14, 2004

FRUSTRATED New South Wales police have reached a dead end in a 10-month search for a baby girl who has "dropped off the face of the earth".

The last independent sighting of Leonie Astra Hutchinson was in Scone in December, 2001 when she was 18 months old.

But police did not become aware she was missing until January this year, when they were investigating an unrelated matter.

Leonie's mother, Kate Hutchinson, who has four other children, has been unable or unwilling to say where her daughter is or what happened to her, detectives say.

"As soon as we realised this child was missing, alarm bells went off," Hunter Valley crime manager Detective Inspector Tim Seymour said.

Read more here (http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11376377%255E26462,00.html)

We will post more info as it becomes available.

With love and HOPE, Lanie

11-15-2004, 05:12 AM
Another article on Leonie

The Mercury News (http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,8779022%255E1702,00.html)

With love and HOPE, Lanie

11-15-2004, 11:30 AM
How awful! No one simply vanishes!!! What kind of condition is keeping the mother from talking about where her baby is???

Prayers for Leonie!!!!

05-28-2005, 02:20 PM
Any news on this???

06-04-2005, 02:25 AM
I think the rest of the children need to be taken away from this mother until she tells what she knows. If Leonie simply "turned up missing" while in her care, what's to say the same thing won't happen to the others.

09-26-2009, 10:46 PM
A recent update:


Stop my daughter having babies
By Marnie O'Neill
From: The Sunday Telegraph
August 30, 2009 12:00AM

SHE'S had six, possibly seven children, all to different fathers. Four were sent to live with their grandmother and at least one, police believe, has been murdered.

Kate Elizabeth Hutchinson, 36, gave birth to her latest child in a Lismore psychiatric ward 10 days ago. The baby boy has since been removed from her care.

Now, her estranged mother is begging authorities to stop her getting pregnant again.

. . .

It was during one of these psychotic episodes that Leonie Astra Hutchinson disappeared, police believe.

The last independent sighting of the toddler was in Scone in December, 2001, when she was 18 months old.

Incredibly, police had no idea she was missing until January, 2004 when they were investigating another "unrelated matter''.

This was because authorities were under the impression that Leonie was in the safe custody of Mrs Hutchinson.

She remembers: ``They rang me up one day and said, `You've got Leonie, haven't you?' and I said, `No, I haven't' and they said, `Oh ...'.''

Hunter Valley detective Inspector Tim Seymour has been searching for the little girl ever since.

"Kate has told us several versions of the same story, which is that she gave Leonie to a wealthy family,'' he said.

"Tragically, we have found absolutely no evidence that suggests this is true, and no evidence the girl is still alive.

"What we need now is for Kate to tell us where her body is, but she is unwilling to do that.''

According to Mrs Hutchinson, Kate developed an obsession with the occult, which prompted her to join a group involved in satanic worship.

As unbelievable as it sounds, one of the police lines of inquiry is the possibility that Leonie was killed as part of some dark, satanic ritual.

. . .

12-11-2011, 06:25 PM
Inquest for missing toddler

A coronial inquest into the 2001 disappearance of Scone toddler Leonie Hutchinson begins in Muswellbrook today, a decade after she went missing.

Leonie Hutchinson would now be 12 years old, but she has not been seen since her mother, Kate, took her to Scone Medical Centre in late 2001 to be immunised.

More: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-12/inquest-for-missing-toddler/3725264/?site=newcastle

12-13-2011, 08:24 AM

Inquest hears of witches, adoption and ‘angel’ note


13 Dec, 2011 04:00 AM

The inquest is due to continue this week, but Ms Hutchinson will not give evidence until the new year.

10-01-2013, 05:53 PM

Does anyone know what happened to the inquest? The last article is from Nov 2012 and ends with "Magistrate Hugh Dillon adjourned the matter for a callover to be next heard on February 15." But nothing else, nearly a year later...

11-29-2013, 05:20 AM
3rd coronial inquest to start on Dec 9th


12-14-2013, 09:01 AM
December 14, 2013

If Leonie Hutchinson were alive she would be close to 15 years old. Had Tegan Lane grown up, she would most likely have finished school this year.

Kate Hutchinson, currently living in a tent on the NSW mid-north coast, far away from the courtroom where Leonie's life has been examined at length this week, told police and associates her daughter is living with another family.


WS link to Tegan Lane case....

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12-14-2013, 09:07 AM
December 09, 2013

THE mother of a toddler missing for over a decade said she had "killed her baby", according to fresh claims heard at a Sydney inquest.

The body of Leonie Hutchinson may also have been hidden in a well near Scone where she was last seen in 2001, Glebe Coroners Court was told.

The inquest into the disappearance of the 18-month-old resumed on Monday with counsel assisting the coroner, Warwick Hunt, saying many more witnesses had "belatedly" come forward.


12-20-2013, 01:55 AM


Detective Inspector Elizabeth Simos told the inquest police had spoken to an associate of Ms Hutchinson. He said Ms Hutchinson had told him she had killed her daughter.

Another associate told police he saw "Rainbow", as Ms Hutchinson was also known, punching her stomach during pregnancy. Counsel assisting the inquiry, Warwick Hunt said the police investigation had recently been assisted by a "new attitude of co-operation" in the Scone and Musswellbrook area about the case.




The court also heard Ms Hutchinson had a bad experience on the drug acid and for years talked about a 'bad wolf-man'.

Friends told the inquest Ms Hutchinson constantly talked about making a sacrifice and 'the chosen one'.




03-30-2014, 11:36 AM
Just saw this ...

NSW Coroners Court - Upcoming Inquests (http://www.coroners.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/coroners/upcoming_inquests.html)
3rd and 4th April 2014

Inquest into the death of Leonie HUTCHINSON

State Coroners Court Glebe, Court 2

Before His Honour Magistrate Dillon, Deputy State Coroner


05-30-2014, 08:21 PM
Just saw this ...

NSW Coroners Court - Upcoming Inquests (http://www.coroners.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/coroners/upcoming_inquests.html)
3rd and 4th April 2014

Inquest into the death of Leonie HUTCHINSON

State Coroners Court Glebe, Court 2

Before His Honour Magistrate Dillon, Deputy State Coroner


Can not find anything about this anywhere now.