Terence Darrell Kelly Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping Four-Year-Old Cleo Smith from West Australian Campsite

Terence Darrell Kelly, the man accused of kidnapping four-year-old Cleo Smith, pleaded guilty on Jan. 24.

Appearing at Carnarvon Magistrates Court via video link, Kelly pleaded guilty to a charge of forcibly taking a child under 16.

Kelly, 36, has been remanded in custody until his next appearance at Perth District Court on March 20.

Kelly has been held at the maximum security Casuarina Prison since he was transferred there in Perth two days after police found Cleo in his house in the West Australian town of Carnarvon.

Cleo disappeared from her family’s tent in the middle of the night during a camping trip at the Quobba blowholes on October 16, sparking a massive search.

On Nov. 3, police found Cleo alive in a locked room in Kelly’s house after 18 days of searching.

The house was a few streets away from where Cleo lived with her mother and stepfather.

Police arrested Kelly, who received hospital treatment for self-inflicted injuries, and charged him for child stealing.

Kelly also faces other criminal charges, including assaulting a public officer, which have been adjourned to a later date.


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