Cleo Smith abduction accused in WA court
Cleo Smith's alleged abductor is set to return to court after having spent more than a month in a maximum-security remand prison in Perth.
Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, is accused of taking four-year-old Cleo from her family's tent at the remote Blowholes campsite in Western Australia.
He will face a magistrate via video link from custody on Monday, charged with multiple offences including forcibly taking a child under 16.
The man accused of abducting Cleo Smith will return to court today after having spent more than a month in a maximum-security remand prison in Perth.— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) December 5, 2021
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Cleo was found alive and well in early November, 18 days after she went missing from the campsite.
She was rescued from a property just minutes from her family home in the nearby town of Carnarvon, almost 1000km north of Perth.
Police forced entry to the home and found Cleo alone in a room, physically unharmed and playing with toys.
Kelly was arrested on a nearby street around the same time. He is alleged to have acted alone and is yet to enter a plea to his charges.
Police say he has no connection to Cleo's family.
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