Ice addict father who left his baby alone to die on a park bench admits to killing the boy because he was ‘tired of caring for him’ – as it’s revealed it took EIGHT years for police to realise the toddler was missing
- A Queensland man told the court he abandoned his son on a park bench in Logan
- Shane Arthur Simpson said he left his kid in 2007 as ‘everything got too much’
- Baby Baden was born with meth in his system, and dad was ‘fried’ from drugs
- His mother, Dina Colleen Bond, pleaded guilty to helping cover up the death
A drug addict father whose brain was ‘fried on ice’ has admitted to killing his 22-month-old son after leaving the boy alone to die on a park bench.
Shane Arthur Simpson pleaded guilty on Monday to the manslaughter of his son Baden Bond in May 2007.
The toddler’s mother, Dina Colleen Bond, pleaded guilty to two counts of being an accessory to his manslaughter in Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday.
Baden’s body has never been found, and his cause of death is unknown.
Simpson told the court he abandoned the child at a boat ramp near the Logan River at dusk one day in May 2007 because he was ‘tired of caring for him’.
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Baden’s father Shane Arthur Simpson pleaded guilty to manslaughter after abandoning his son Baden in a park
Simpson told police he had sat and talked to the baby for 15-30 minutes before apologising and leaving his son on a bench without ever turning back. Pictured the park believed to be where Simpson left his son
In his final moments with the child, Simpson said he sat with his son on a park bench for 15-30 minutes and said sorry.
Then, without turning back once, he drove away.
The court heard Simpson had told police before he left, his son had looked at him ‘like he knew what was going to happen’, The Courier Mail reported.
‘Just his face, if anything, I just went though with it then and drove away,’ he had said 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.’
Bond was charged with accessory to manslaughter for her efforts in helping to conceal the child’s death.
Baby Baden and his siblings were taken into DOCS care after he was born with methamphetamine in his system.
During the course of the trial, the court 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.
His nappies were reportedly often left unchanged and visitors were discouraged from going into his room.
The 22-month-old (pictured) was found in a dirty cot before he disappeared in 2007, and Simpson admitted he was ‘fried’ on drugs when he abandoned him
Simpson (pictured) and Bond were not arrested until 2017 over the death of their son
His mother and father are believed to have blamed the infant for their troubles with their other children, all of whom returned to the family home a year later.
Simpson had called him a ‘little c***’, a ‘dog f*****’ and was ‘nothing but trouble’.
In 2016, when Simpson finally admitted to police he’d abandoned the toddler, he said Baden was difficult and ‘everything just got too much’.
He said he was ‘fried off my head’ at the time from taking ice.
In a devastating twist, the parents did not face any criminal charges for 10 years.
Baby Baden was last seen in March 2007, but not reported missing until June 2015.
His parents were charged in March 2017 after an extensive investigation found no record of Baden attending any school or medical centre in the past 10 years.
The parents had continually lied about baby Baden’s whereabouts, claiming he was either in foster care, or staying with his relatives.
In the middle of the night, about three months after Simpson left Baden on the bench, the couple moved out of their home on Wagawn Street in Woodridge, south of Brisbane.
They told nobody, and did not contact their family again for a year.
The family moved out of their home in Woodridge in the middle of the night three months after Baden was abandoned in the park