By Isabel Hayes
SYDNEY, June 17 AAP - It was the moment a mother admitted the unthinkable.
As Kristi Anne Abrahams stood up in court on the first day of her trial and pleaded guilty to murdering her six-year-old daughter, Kiesha Weippeart, it marked the culmination of "three years of agony" for the little girl's relatives.
Kiesha was a curly-haired "bubbly" child who loved Tinkerbell and Dora the Explorer.
When she vanished from her Mt Druitt home in Sydney's west in July 2010, her mother and her stepfather, Robert Smith, described her as "always happy".
But the reality was that Kiesha had been the victim of physical abuse from when she was as young as 15 months when Abrahams was convicted of biting her shoulder.
Her disappearance sparked a massive police search, with Abrahams and Smith fronting the media to plead for public help in finding their little girl.
Abrahams, wearing dark sunglasses and holding a tissue to her face, could do nothing but wail loudly and say, "She's beautiful".
"If anyone has seen her, can they please contact police," she choked out.
By then, Kiesha had been dead for three weeks.
She had been knocked unconscious by Abrahams on the evening of July 13, according to Smith, who later confessed everything to an undercover police officer.