Stepdad is charged with the MURDER of missing schoolgirl Charlise Mutten

Stepdad is charged with the MURDER of missing schoolgirl Charlise Mutten
Stepdad is charged with the MURDER of missing schoolgirl Charlise Mutten

A former drug addict mother, stepdad on parole and doting grandmother who 'struggled' after letting the missing nine-year-old travel to Sydney to reconnect with her family 

- By Brittany Chain for Daily Mail Australia  

As Christmas passed and school holidays dragged on, missing schoolgirl Charlise Mutten's doting grandmother agreed to let the nine-year-old visit her mother in Sydney.

The summer trip was the perfect opportunity for mother and daughter to reconnect after Covid-enforced border closures and a jail stint had driven them apart.

Charlise lives with her grandmother, Deborah Mutten, in Coolangatta on the Gold Coast and attends a local primary school south of the border, where she's known as a spritely and cheerful student. 

Deborah shared a sweet photo just two weeks ago on January 5. With the ocean as a backdrop, Charlise leaned back and kissed her beaming grandmother on the cheek.

Five days later, after Charlise had already made the trip to NSW to see her mother, Deborah confessed to a friend she was 'struggling'.

Deborah shared a sweet photo just two weeks ago on January 5. With the ocean as a backdrop, Charlise leaned back and kissed her beaming grandmother on the cheek

Deborah shared a sweet photo just two weeks ago on January 5. With the ocean as a backdrop, Charlise leaned back and kissed her beaming grandmother on the cheek

'A bit of silly business was needed to lift the mood,' she said alongside a photo of herself using a comedic Snapchat filter. 

'Struggling a bit to be quite honest.' 

Then, on January 14, she learned her beloved granddaughter had vanished while in the temporary care of her daughter, Kallista Mutten.  

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