Cleo Smith was abducted from Australia by a man suspected of being obsessed with Bratz dolls. The man was later charged with abducting Cleo Smith, a four-year-old girl.
Terence Darrell Kelly, 36 years old, appeared in court today to hear the charges. He was arrested in Carnarvon (Australia), on suspicion that he kidnapped the four-year old girl, who was found locked in a nearby residence.
Kelly walked into court nakedfoot and shouted at the judge, “I’m coming for YOU!” Journalists in the gallery were also informed by Kelly. He did no plead guilty to the charge and did NOT apply for bail.
Although police have not provided any details on how Kelly abducted Cleo, or how she got from the campsite she disappeared to the house where her body was found, Kelly’s Facebook profiles paint a picture that Kelly is a very strange person.
Kelly used one account under the moniker “Bratz DeLuca” to describe his obsession with Bratz fashion dolls. This included images of his home filled with girls’ toys, and photos of him driving around town with them.
In one post, he wrote that he loved his dolls. Another said that he loves taking his dolls for drives, doing their hair, and taking photos in public. In a third post, he called himself a’mamma’s little brat’.
Kelly claimed that he was the father of several children, including at least one child, via several linked profiles. However, neighbours claim that he is not childless.
Cleo, nicknamed “Australia’s Madeleline Mccann”, was photographed in mother Ellie Smith’s arms 18 days after she disappeared from the family tent during a camping trip.
Kelly was linked to Kelly’s social media account. Kelly followed Ellie on her profile, and she used it to ask for help finding her missing fouryear-old daughter after she disappeared October 16.
Terence Darrel Kelly, 36 has been charged in the abduction of Cleo Smith, a four-year-old girl from Australia. Social media profiles reveal his obsession with Bratz dolls.
Kelly appears to have had several social media accounts under his control, where he described his obsession with the toys. Kelly captioned this image: “Nothing beats chilling home with my Bratz dolls.”
One footage showed Kelly displaying what appeared to be a room filled with dolls. Many were still in their original packaging.
Kelly collected Bratz dolls as well as Bratz dolls. (left)
Kelly was charged after Cleo smiled in mother Ellie’s arms. It was the first time that the pair had been seen hugging since Cleo was rescued.
Kelly was emotionless for much of his hearing, nodding to indicate he understood the charges and taking long period of time to acknowledge his name.
Two police officers kept him safe at the dock and he wore his long black curly hair down.
Although police have not commented on the images taken from his Facebook profile, they previously stated that Cleo was playing with toys at the time she was found.
Cleo was also found by detectives. However, they refused to release video footage inside Kelly’s home for fear of influencing his trial.
The tape shows officers using a battering-ram and crowbars in order to force open a door at a house in Carnarvon’s northern suburb. One officer can be heard saying, “We got her.”
One child can be heard saying “Hey Bubby” to another.
Cameron Blaine, a lead investigator, speaks to the girl three times and asks her for her name.
Finally, she replies: “M-my name Cleo.”
Blaine then captures the rest on video. Blaine asks Cleo if she is okay.
When the girl smiles and nods in agreement, he says to her: “We’re going take you to your mummy, and daddy. OK?”
The sound clip was recorded as Cleo and her families met with Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan.
Jake, Cleo’s stepfather, welcomed the premier in freshly-painted white nails. It is believed that the toddler applied the polish to honor the special visit.
Cleo was described as a charming little girl by Mr McGowan who spoke to him about her school dog.
He gave her two police teddy bears, which he called Cameron and Rod after her detectives who led her hunt.
He also accidentally stepped on one of her Barbie dolls’ shoes and broke it. He joked that he owed her a new pair.
He said that it was a pleasure to meet her and that she was a bright, upbeat, and sweet little girl. “They are decent, fundamentally honest people.
Kelly is expected in court. Officers claim they aren’t looking for anyone else in connection to the case.
The windows of the home are completely covered up – they are not visible to the public – and overgrown shrubs climb the walls of Tonkin Crescent’s housing commission home.
Kelly’s backyard was littered with junk on Thursday morning while police still assessed the house.
There are no signs of toys or children’s games. It is just a dusty yard, filled with trash and fence palings.
The windows of the rundown property were covered with an awning, and items were kept under it.
Cleo was on a family camping vacation with her sister Isla, stepfather Jake Gliddon (mother Ellie), and stepfather Jake Gliddon on October 16.
The family was staying at the Blowholes Campsite, 50 miles north of Carnarvon.
Cleo last saw Ellie at 1.30am. Cleo had been turning over in the overnight. Cleo woke up in the morning to find her daughter missing and the tent unzipped.
Cleo called police at 6.23am. This sparked a massive manhunt that included helicopters, drones, and dogs. Officers searched the countryside and coastline for signs of Cleo, fearing she might have wandered away on her own.
However, after extensive searches did not turn up any sign of the girl’s body, officers switched to the theory she had been abducted.
After examining hours of CCTV footage, detectives interviewed other campers, searched satellite images, and dug through garbage heaps looking for the missing girl, a tip led them to the Carnarvon House.
Police have yet to explain how or why Cleo was taken from the campsite or how she got into the locked house, which is just seven minutes drive from her parents’ house and two minutes from their headquarters.
Investigators have not yet revealed what led them to the house. However, they did say that a report of an automobile in the area was vital to their efforts to track down the girl.
Officers had spoken previously of trying to track down a car which was seen leaving Blowholes campsite in the early hours of the morning on the day Cleo vanished.
Detective Blaine, who has been investigating the case since Cleo disappeared, stated that he first asked the little girl for her name when he found her. After three attempts, she finally answered: “My name is Cleo.”
Blaine revealed that detectives started to cry with relief when he realized they had found the missing girl. Then, he called Cleo and his parents to share the good news.
‘We’ve got someone here that wants to speak to you,’ Blaine recalled telling Ellie as he put Cleo on the phone, before adding: ‘Please start making your way to the hospital, we’ll meet you there.’
Cleo’s family was then reunited when doctors gave Cleo a checkup. Blaine stated that Cleo shouted’mummy!’ before the pair shared a hug, kisses, and hug.
He stated that it was a great honor to have been able to witness the reunion. When asked if that moment was the highlight of his career, he replied: “Without a doubt.”
Mother Ellie took to social media to express her relief. She posted a picture of her daughter and captioned it with: “Our family is complete again.”
Cleo is seen clinging on to the should of a detective while she is rescued from her Carnarvon home in the early hours Wednesday morning
Terry Kelly, 36 years old, had only been at Carnarvon station in Western Australia for a few minutes on Wednesday before he was taken into hospital.
Cleo Smith’s stepfather, West Australian Premier Mark McGowan, greets Cleo Smith during a visit at Carnarvon to meet the rescued girl.
Daily Mail Australia was allowed into the home of Neighbors to see Kelly’s fence.
There are no toys or children’s games left behind. Instead, it is a dusty, bare yard with fence palings and rubbish.
All windows are blacked out and hidden from public view. Overgrown shrubs and bushes climb up the walls of the Tonkin Crescent housing commission home.
Neighbors claim they are reeling after the revelation that the ‘quiet guy’ at number 18 is now at center of the biggest missing person’s crime.
They claim that he used to keep two dogs in his backyard, but he moved them to the front of his gated home in recent weeks.
Daily Mail Australia has heard from neighbours that Cleo was always right under their noses.
Kelly’s 16-year-old neighbor said, “I have children around the same age,”
‘I saw Kelly (coming and going). I didn’t interact with him much, he kept it to himself. It’s a friendly neighborhood, but he was closed off.
The man claimed that he never saw dolls with his neighbor.
“I have never seen anything like that.” I saw him driving up and down the street, or just hanging out outside (Woolworths), in town.
Officers from Forensics were seen working out of a tent made outside the house. They were busy coming and going from the today, while police tape was used to secure the area and the street.
According to reports, authorities were moved to tears when they heard that Cleo was safe. They claim the youngster (pictured above) was as good as they could have hoped.
Earlier on Thursday, Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine said police were not yet in a position to confirm reports of a toy room and the man’s alleged fascination with dolls.
He said, “I think I’ve stated that the lights were on and she was playing,” “That’s all I want to say. This matter is still subject to the courts.
“There are some aspects of what we saw, and you know, that will be evidence. I don’t want anything to prejudice that.
However, police confirmed that they believe the accused took Cleo from the campsite ‘entirely by themselves’.
As soon as Kelly is interviewed by officers, charges will likely be filed later on Thursday.
Cleo spent her first night at home with her mother Ellie Smith and her stepfather Jake Gliddon, her baby sister, and her father after her 18-day disappearance.
Cleo Smith (four years old) was found alive 18 days after she disappeared from the tent of her family at the remote Blowholes campsite, Western Australia.
Superintendent Rod Wilde stated that she had been examined at the hospital and is physically fine.
Cleo will be interviewed at the “appropriate time” by specialist child interviewers, but she is enjoying playing with her sister and getting cuddles from her stepdad and mum in the meantime.
After meeting Cleo earlier in the morning at the family home, Mark McGowan, WA Premier, described her as a sweet and well-adjusted child.
“It was a wonderful experience to meet that little girl. She was sweet, friendly, bubbly, and playful. He said that she was charming.
“Fundamentally decent, honest people, they were wonderful people and it was great meeting them and acknowledging what they have gone through.
“We have a long way to go, but they are on a right track.”