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October 19, 2015 12:52pm
Bernice Swales appeals to the public for information about the death of her son Jordan William Thompson 10 years ago. Picture: Peter Lorimer.
POLICE say they have always believed they know what happened the day Jordan William Thompson died. A decade on, they are hoping a $100,000 reward will help them close in on the person who gave the toddler a fatal dose of prescription medicines which ended his life.
Jordan’s mother Bernice Swales, from Singleton in NSW’s Hunter Region, spoke this morning of the “caring, beautiful child,” who was taken from her in 2005.
Little Jordan died after he was given a massive overdose of antidepressant drugs administered to on the afternoon of March 19, 2005. The death has always been treated as suspicious.
Police charged a man in 2009 with Jordan’s manslaughter, but the case was dropped due to lack of evidence.
A $100,000 reward has been announced for information into the 2005 death of Singleton toddler Jordan Thompson. Source:News Corp Australia
Detective Superintendent Mick Willing said today it was disappointing the case failed to come to court, “That’s the reason why we’re asking for information now from the public. We didn’t have evidence to prosecute a person then and we‘ve always believed we knew what occurred that day but we need someone to come forward with information.”
Jordan’s mum, Bernice Swales, said her son loved playing with his cars and his sisters.
“My son was a very warm, caring, quiet child. He was just so innocent and beautiful.
He deserved to have his life. Not one day goes by when I don’t think about him [and] wonder what he would like now or sound like or what he’d be doing.”
Ms Swales said she hoped the reward would prompt someone who knew who gave her child the fatal drugs to come forward.
“My children were the only thing I had because I had them quite young,” she said, “They were my whole world and I was proud of them, it was my accomplishment as a mother.”
But, Ms Swales said, everything changed when Jordan died, “It just took away part of me.”
Police Minister Troy Grant said Jordan’s family deserved closure after suffering for more than 10 years.
“Detectives have never wavered in their pursuit for answers and are doing everything they can to solve the case, so the family can get the closure they need,” he said.