THE mother of missing Kiesha Abrahams insisted tearfully yesterday that she had nothing to do with her daughter’s disappearance and suspected murder as the girl’s father admitted that her upbringing was far from ideal.
Kristi Abrahams said that she was bewildered by suggestions she may have harmed six-year-old Kiesha.
“It’s disgusting what they’re saying,” she said of the rumours.
“They (the public) need to stop judging me. They don’t know me.”
Ms Abrahams reported Kiesha missing on Sunday morning, telling police she believed the girl had been stolen from her bed or had wandered off during the night.
Close family and friends had not seen Kiesha since July 7, when she was at a western Sydney hospital after the birth of her new brother Levi.
Asked where Kiesha was for the unaccountable three-and-a-half weeks, Ms Abrahams replied: “With me.”
Crippled by grief
She said that allegations she was not a good mother to Kiesha were hurtful and untrue.
The Daily Telegraph yesterday revealed details of Kiesha’s harsh childhood. She at one stage was bitten by an adult so badly she required hospitalisation.
The little girl was known to multiple government agencies, including the New South Wales Department of Education because she had been to school only about five days this year.
Ms Abrahams and her partner, Rob Smith, were taken to Mt Druitt police station to speak with detectives at 4pm yesterday and returned home last night.
Ms Abrahams said that they had been crippled by grief and fear, as they waited for news on the huge search for Kiesha.
Kiesha’s father, Chris Weippeart, said yesterday that he was still clinging to the hope Kiesha would be found alive and well but his gut feeling was not an optimistic one.
“I don’t think we’re going to find her alive. I hope we do, I really hope so, but my instinct tells me it’s bad,” he said.
Blood under the skin
Police officers have confirmed that the chances of finding Kiesha alive are “pretty slim”.
Mr Weippeart, who was also questioned by police yesterday, admitted he had not played a large role in his daughter’s life, but insisted he cared about her as if she was living with him every day.
He spent the first two years of her life living with her and Ms Abrahams.
It was a period he remembers fondly, but admits his daughter’s upbringing was far from ideal.
Mr Weippeart said that he had seen his daughter only occasionally since splitting from Ms Abrahams, but he insisted he loved her and thinks of her often.
“She is my little girl. She came here a few times and I used to see her at the shops and that,” he said.
He confirmed that Kiesha had been admitted to hospital after being bitten by an adult.
Asked about that day, he said: “I’ll never forget seeing that. She was about 18 or 19 months . . . it (the bite) was on the shoulder, through her clothing.
“It was so bad . . . there was blood under the skin.”
The Daily Telegraph has been informed of the identity of the person who allegedly bit Kiesha, but cannot reveal the name for legal reasons.
Mr Weippeart said his relationship with Ms Abrahams had been amicable since their break-up and he had no ill feelings towards her or Mr Smith.
Last night, hundreds of people joined together for a candlelight ceremony in honour of Kiesha.
The Candlelight Walk was a mark of respect to the little girl and something “to show we care”, organisers said.
“The more hearts bleeding for this child, the more likely we are of finding her safe and well,” organiser Kylie Connors said.
Scores of SES volunteers, along with NSW Fire Brigade officers continued to scour bushland and parks throughout western Sydney yesterday, the fourth day of the search.