Western Australian Police have charged a 36-year-old man over the alleged abduction of four-year-old Cleo Smith, whom officers found “alive and well” after she disappeared for 18 days.
Authorities charged Terence Darrell Kelly with various offenses, including “forcibly taking a child under 16” as he appeared briefly in court in the town of Carnarvon on Nov. 4 afternoon,
Kelly is due back in court on Dec. 6.
Kelly did not apply for bail and was not required to enter plea.
Before charging the suspect, police said that Kelly had no connections with the Smith family and alleged that he acted alone and “spontaneously.”
Police arrested Kelly on Nov. 3 at a street near the locked house where officers found Cleo.
Police also said they had taken Kelly to the hospital twice after self-harming while in custody.
According to the police, officers found Cleo in a room in the house with the lights on, awake, and playing with toys.
Cleo has been reunited with her parents shortly after being found.
Cleo went missing on Oct. 16 when she was sleeping in a tent with her parents at the Quobba Blowholes campsite.
The government had offered a A$ 1 million reward for information on Cleo’s whereabouts, the equal largest record ever offered by the state.
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