Father admits to leaving toddler to die alone on a park bench because 'he was tired of caring for him'
Reports state that the toddler's mother, Dina Colleen Bond, also pleaded guilty to two counts of being an accessory to manslaughter in the Brisbane Supreme Court
A drug-addict father has pleaded guilty on Monday to manslaughter after he left his 22-month-old son alone to die on a park bench in Southern Brisbane, according to reports. The accused, identified as Shane Arthur Simpson, admitted that his brain was "fried on ice" when he left his son Baden Bond alone in May 2007.
Reports state that the toddler's mother, Dina Colleen Bond, also pleaded guilty to two counts of being an accessory to manslaughter in the Brisbane Supreme Court. The cause of the toddler's death is unknown and his body has not yet been found.
Shane, while addressing the court on Monday, said that he abandoned his son at a boat ramp near the Logan Rover at dusk one day in May 2007 because he was "tired of taking care of him," according to Daily Mail.
The father added that in his final moments with his son, he sat with him on a park bench for 15-30 minutes and apologized for doing this to him. Shane then got into his car and drove away without looking back.
Shane Arthur Simpson has admitted to the killing of his toddler son Baden Bond after he abandoned him in a park by a boat ramp at Logan River in 2007. https://t.co/AdM5j69Bcb #7News pic.twitter.com/wxU0zqwNTa— 7 News Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) March 4, 2019
Simpson reportedly told the police that his son had looked at him "like he knew what was going to happen."
"Just his face, if anything, I just went through with it then and drove away," the father told officials after his arrest. "I didn’t even look back in the rear-vision mirror… I’ve had to live with this for 10 years… the look in his eyes I still see, you know."
The mother was reportedly charged with accessory to manslaughter because of her efforts to help conceal the child's death. Reports state that the child and his siblings were initially taken into government care after he was born with methamphetamine in his system.
The court, during the trial, heard how Simpson and Bond called their son "the devil's child", and would leave him in a locked bedroom with windows that were painted black. Visitors were often discouraged from going into Baden's room and his nappied were often left unchanged, The Courier Mail reported.
The duo reportedly blamed the infant for their troubles with their other children. Reports state that the rest of the children returned to the family home a year after they were put in government care. Shane had once called him a "little c***," a "dog f*****" and was "nothing but trouble."
Simpson admitted to police in 2016 that he had abandoned his son, saying Baden was difficult and "everything just got too much." The father also said that he was "fried off my head" at the time from taking ice.
Baden, who was last seen in March 2007, was not reported missing until June 2015. His parents were eventually charged in March 2017 after an investigation into the case revealed that there were no records of the child attending any school or medical center in the past 10 years.