(ANSA) – Perth, Jan. 24 – Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, has been charged with abducting 4-year-old Cleo Smith from a camp in Australia in October.
That person is under investigation and his statements indicate an unexpected development in the case that has attracted global attention.
Cleo Smith went missing from his family’s tent in Western Australia in October, sparking a major search operation that many feared would end in tragedy. Then, 18 days later, the girl was found alone in a locked house in the coastal town of Carnarvon, a short distance from where she had gone missing.
Terence Darrell Kelly, who allegedly kidnapped him, pleaded guilty to kidnapping during a video link from prison to trial. Other charges have been updated, including a new charge of assaulting a police officer.
When the kidnapping charge was brought to him by a judge, Kelly simply pleaded guilty.
The man was remanded in custody until his next court appearance in March, when he will be sentenced and details of Cleo’s abduction will be revealed. He is said to have acted alone, and police say he and his family have no connection. (Handle).
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