Man, 36, charged over alleged abduction of Cleo Smith

Charges have finally been laid against the man who allegedly abducted four-year-old Cleo Smith in Western Australia.

36-year-old Terence Darrell Kelly appear in Carnarvon court late yesterday, on charges of forcibly or fraudulently taking or enticing a child under 16.

It comes two days after Cleo was found alone at a property just seven minutes away from her family’s home.


It had been 18 days since she disappeared from her family’s campsite.

New details have come to light about her alleged kidnapper, including a photo posted to social media showing him with two dolls, and another photo showing a room full of dolls in boxes.

In the two days since his arrest, police report that Kelly tried to self half twice and had to be hospitalised on both occasions.

Kelly has been remanded in custody until December 6.

It comes as new footage emerges of the moment police found Cleo in the Carnarvon home on November 3, where she can be heard answering officers ‘my name is Cleo’.

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Now that charges have been laid and the matter is before court, police are unable to comment any further on details of the investigation.