Charlise Mutten’s birth father has canceled a $100,000 fundraiser for a memorial and memorial to his allegedly murdered daughter after it was slammed online.
Scott Hensby was slammed for not having permission from Charlise’s maternal relatives, the Muttens, to launch the fund.
As of Sunday night, the fund had raised just $3,120 and was shut down amid criticism from Facebook users who claimed to be aware of the family’s wishes of Charlise’s mother Kallista Mutten.
When the fund closed around 10pm on Sunday, Facebook users posted “Good news!” and that’s good. Let the whole family mourn in peace. Nobody is perfect, lessons are learned.
“Thanks Scott for doing the right thing by removing the gofundme.
Another Facebook user said the problem is that Mr. Hensby changed the fund’s target amounts, first “asking for $100,000, then changing it to $75,000 a few hours later, and then changing it to $50,000 today.”
Charlise Mutten’s father Scott Hensby shut down the gofundme page two days after it launched to raise money for a public memorial and a memorial for his daughter
Mr Hensby suggested a memorial for the nine-year-old that would contain her ashes, but he was cruelly trolled online by people who claimed he didn’t have permission from the Mutten family
Scott Hensby has faced criticism online after he started a Gofundme page to raise money to build a memorial to his daughter’s ashes and a public memorial in her honor
The Facebook poster claimed “both families were against what he was doing and he did not have their approval as he claimed” and Mr Hensby said “the council gave him land for a memorial” and it would be built on “private property”.
A Facebook poster falsely claimed Charlise was now being used as a “moneymaker” and that “society” had “abandoned” Charlise.
Mr Hensby’s original proposal to celebrate the life of Charlise, who was allegedly murdered in January and her remains then placed in a barrel, was for “a fine public service”.
He suggested that a large public memorial be erected with her ashes and said part of the money would be used for “excellent legal representation” in a “wrongful death trial that will come in the future”.
Posted on Friday afternoon, he wrote on gofundme.com: “I am Charlise Mutten’s biological father, Scott Hensby. This is the official GoFundMe page for Charlise Mutten. There is no other side.
“The support within Australia and from around the world has been massive, and rightly so.
“This is a hideous tragedy watched by millions of people who all hoped Charlise would be found alive and well only to be devastated by the news that her body had been discovered.”
But the grieving father was attacked online and then members of the Hensby and Mutten families appeared to be arguing on Facebook.
Wayne Earl, a childhood friend of Scott Hensby, the owner of a Sydney gym, posted this picture two days after Charlise’s body was found in a barrel near the Colo River
Charlise Mutten was on holiday with her mother Kallista Mutten (above) when police claim she was murdered by Kallista’s boyfriend Justin Stein
Scott Hensby shut down the Gofundme page after he was trolled online and the fundraiser was only able to attract $3120 from an original goal of $100,000
Mr Hensby was previously attacked on social media, prompting his friend, Sydney gym owner Wayne Earl, to post a photo of him holding his grieving father two days after Charlise’s body was found in a barrel in the embraced near the Colo River.
Mr Earl agreed at the time that some of the comments posted on Mr Hensby’s Facebook page were appalling, but said: “This is social media”.
Charlise’s cousin Mellese Hensby, who posted about the nine-year-old on Facebook while admitting she hadn’t seen Charlise since she was a child, hit out at a cousin.
Beau Mutten and his partner Melissa Sakiri had started a gofundme.com fundraiser for their two-year-old son, Ryder Mutten, who is suffering from a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Ryder has suffered multiple neuroblastoma tumors and was treated in Western Australia.
Daily Mail Australia interviewed Ms Sakiri about her “worst nightmare” since her son was diagnosed before Christmas and the chemotherapy he underwent.
Mellese Hensby posted the story on Faceook and said she was upset that photos of her cousin Charlise were being used in a story about Ryder Mutten’s illness.
“I’m beyond upset and so angry! Why, why do that. Poor Charlie. Imagine what she thinks!’
Charlise Mutten’s biological father wanted a public memorial to be built with the nine-year-old’s ashes in Tweed Heads or Coolanagatta but was forced to delete the gofundme page
Justin Stein (above), the boyfriend of Charlise’s mother Kallista Mutten, has been charged with her alleged murder and will face Penrith Magistrates’ Court on March 18
A Facebook user then rebuked Mellese on a Charlise Mutten talk page, saying not to “attack the other side of the family.”
She described her as “a cousin Charlise hasn’t seen in 6 years”.
Two-year-old Ryder’s dad, Beau Mutten, then posted a picture of a candle and asked, “Can we all stop and remember what this site is for, RIP lovely Charlise, until we meet again.”
The admin of the Facebook page then stepped in and said Mellese had since expressed her “regret at being involved in an article about CM’s little cousin with cancer.”
“She has apologized multiple times for it. Please let’s all move on now,” the admin wrote.
After deleting the gofundme page, Scott Hensby wrote: “All funds will be refunded”.
Launching the page last Friday, Mr Hensby said he had received several offers of donations to help pay for Charlie’s funeral but that “funeral expenses are covered for the fully private cremation service”.
It’s unclear if Charlise’s cremation and funeral service has already taken place.
Justin Stein, the boyfriend of Charlise’s mother Kallista Mutten, has been charged with her alleged murder and remanded in custody to appear at Penrith Magistrates’ Court on March 18.