Cleo Smith: Man pleads guilty to kidnapping Australian girl

Cleo Smith: Man pleads guilty to kidnapping Australian girl

1/24/2022 7:13:00 AM

Cleo Smith: Man pleads guilty to kidnapping Australian girl

The four-year-old girl was taken from a campsite and held in a locked house for 18 days.

Police released a photo of Cleo Smith after her rescueAn Australian man has pleaded guilty to abducting four-year-old Cleo Smith and holding her at his home for 18 days.Cleo vanished from her family's tent while on a camping trip in Western Australia last October.

Her disappearance gripped the country and sparked a massive search that ended in police finding the girl in a locked house in her hometown of Carnarvon.Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, pleaded guilty to a charge of child stealing in a court hearing on Monday.

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Image caption, Police released a photo of Cleo Smith after her rescue An Australian man has pleaded guilty to abducting four-year-old Cleo Smith and holding her at his home for 18 days. Cleo vanished from her family's tent while on a camping trip in Western Australia last October. Her disappearance gripped the country and sparked a massive search that ended in police finding the girl in a locked house in her hometown of Carnarvon. Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, pleaded guilty to a charge of child stealing in a court hearing on Monday. His plea caught many by surprise ahead of what had been expected to be a lengthy legal process, Australian media reported. Kelly was flown to a jail in Perth two days after police smashed their way into his house on 3 November and found Cleo inside. Vision of the rescue released at the time showed the young girl identifying herself to officers and smiling. Her family later released a statement saying they were "so thankful that our little girl is back within our arms". Media caption, Detective Blaine spoke to Cleo Smith shortly after she was rescued More on this story