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Jaidyn Raymond Leskie
||30 April 1996
||15 June 1997 (aged 1)
Jaidyn Raymond Leskie (April 30, 1996 – June
15, 1997) was the Australian child of Bilynda Williams and
Brett Leskie, kidnapped and murdered in 1997. Despite leads, and
the arrest and trial of a prime suspect, Leskie's murder remains
unsolved. Although the decision was made in 2002 not to hold an inquest into the toddler's
death, the case remained in the news for several more years and an
inquest was held in 2006 implicating the mother's boyfriend, Greg
Jaidyn was kidnapped from the house of his mother's boyfriend,
who was babysitting at the time, in Newborough near Moe. The
circumstances around his disappearance and death were never clear,
and were complicated by a pig's head being thrown at the house and
other vandalism on the evening of the toddler's disappearance, an
alleged prank about the boy's fate and the body not being
discovered until January 1998. Leskie is believed to have died of
After a missing person's search, believed to have been the largest
since the disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt in
Jaidyn's body was found on January 1, 1998 at Blue Rock Dam,
30 km north of Moe.
His body had been preserved by the cold waters of the lake through
winter and the clothing he was wearing was subject to a DNA test
in an effort to solve the crime.
Greg Domaszewicz was charged with murder but was found not
guilty in December 1998. A
controversial 2006 inquest,
believed by some to be media driven,
found that he had contributed to the toddler's death and had likely
disposed of the boy's body.
The inability to move forward with what some believe to be new evidence due to the double jeopardy
laws in place in Victoria have led Leskie's mother
to join a coalition asking for reform of these laws.
Almost ten years after Leskie's death, a kit on helping parents
choose adequate babysitters was released in his memory.
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for Law Reform". Sunday Herald Sun. http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23379498-2862,00.html. Retrieved
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