Two decades after the murder of her tiny son Jaidyn Leskie, Bilynda Williams sat down on June 7 and finally read the autopsy report into his death—then bawled her eyes out.
“I’m going to get justice. I truly believe that. I won’t stop until I do,” the mother of five tells WHO.
“Jaidyn never had a voice in any of this. I will make sure someone hears him if it’s the last thing I do.”
Jaidyn was found dead in 1998, nearly seven months after disappearing while in the care of her then-boyfriend Greg Domaszewicz; he was charged with murder but acquitted by a jury.
On the 20th anniversary of the brown-eyed toddler’s mysterious death, Bilynda, 41, who is about to become a grandmother for the second time, is calling for the Victorian government to put up a $1 million reward for Jaidyn’s killer.
On the evening of June 14, 1997, then single mother Bilynda Murphy—later Williams—went for a rare night out with sister Kaydee, leaving boyfriend Domaszewicz, a self-taught mechanic, to babysit 13-month-old Jaidyn at Domaszewicz’s home.
Domaszewicz has always said Jaidyn was tucked up in bed when he left him about 2 AM to collect a tipsy Bilynda from Ryan’s Hotel in nearby Traralgon but missing when he returned.
Suspicion fell on Domaszewicz, and stayed there. Why did he lie that Jaidyn was in hospital, having supposedly burnt himself on a heater, when he first picked up Bilynda? Why didn’t he raise the alarm about the toddler’s disappearance when he was stopped by RBT police early the next day?
Jaidyn’s battered body, shrouded in a sleeping bag tied to a 1.8m crowbar, was eventually fished from Blue Rock Dam, 20 minutes from Moe, on New Year’s Day 1998. His skull was fractured and two broken bones in his arm had been inexpertly bandaged.
In December that year Domaszewicz was found not guilty of murder.
For Bilynda, the pain losing her son never goes away. She copes quietly in the Gippsland town of Sale with husband Jeremy Williams and their children.
On April 30, the day Jaidyn would have celebrated his 21st birthday, she shut herself in her bedroom and cried, as she does every year. Said Bylinda: “It never goes away.”
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