A 36-year-old Australian man has pleaded guilty to abducting four-year-old Cleo Smith and keeping her inside his home for more than two weeks.
Terence Darrell Kelly has appeared in Carnarvon Magitstrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to a charge of child stealing.
He was arrested after detectives raided his home on 3 November and found the youngster locked inside a room, playing with dolls.
Image: Cleo and her mum leaving a house where they spent the night after the four-year-old was rescued. Pic: AP
The toddler disappeared from her family’s tent on a campsite in Western Australia in October last year.
Initially, a huge land and sea search got under way on the assumption she had wandered away from her tent.
Eighteen days later, police officers found Cleo “alive and well” inside a locked house in her hometown of Carnarvon.
At the time, her mum, Ellie Smith, wrote on social media: “Our family is whole again.”
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Western Australian police released heartwarming audio of the moment Cleo was rescued.
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Police release audio of ‘my name is Cleo’ moment
During the exchange, Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine asked for her name to which she responded: “My name is Cleo.”
He then said: “We’re going to take you to see your mummy and daddy, okay?”
Source : Sky News