osh appeared in court on the Monday morning, due to the lack of a victim in Carys’ case, and Callie corroborating that Harry had fallen down the stairs, Josh was released, with Callie and Harry into his care but on a child protection order. Social services would call every day to ensure the children were unharmed.
When Josh got home it was clear forensics had gone through the house very carefully. Social services dropped the children off. A very scared Callie ran straight into her dad’s arms, Harry ran to the toy box in the corner to get his fire engine.
“When’s Mummy coming home?” Callie asked as Josh sat down on the sofa with her curled into him.
“I don’t know Pumpkin, but I’m sure she’ll come home soon.” Josh’s eyes filled with tears for the first time since all this began.
“Does Mummy not like us any more? Is that why you and mummy had a fight?” Callie then stuck her thumb in her mouth and began furiously sucking.
“Your Mummy loves you a whole lot, she’ll come home soon.” Josh said with a lot more certainty than he felt.
Josh went on the sick from his job at the Mall as he had no one to take care of the children and he couldn’t afford the childcare costs on his meagre wages. A few weeks later Rhys turned up on his doorstep one Saturday night with two lovely young ladies behind him making it clear they’d all like a little fun. “Ahhh well ,yeah but I can’t get a babysitter, how about you all come in?” he asked hopefully.
Rhys made his way back to the two girls, put his arms around both of them and mentioned it wasn’t a good idea while there were children in the house and social services doing spot checks. At which he left. Josh saw less and less of him after that when the time of Carys not returning went from days to weeks to months.
Josh felt sure she’d put in appearance at Christmas, but there was no word, nothing. Even Josh began to worry that something bad really had happened to her. It was clear the police still thought it.
In February something did happen. The first real proof that Carys was still alive, when a letter arrived from a solicitor stating that Carys had made an offer of child support, quite a substantial offer as it turned out with back pay to the day she left. Josh contacted the solicitor to find out where Carys was.