Australian police have charged the 36-year-old man, who was arrested Wednesday after four-year-old Cleo Smith was found at his home, who was missing for 18 days after disappearing from a campsite in Western Australia. .
The suspect, Terence Darrell Kelly, had been in custody since the girl’s whereabouts and authorities had so far avoided holding him directly responsible for an apparent kidnapping. Cleo was found safe and sound, without the reasons for her disappearance being clear.
The judge ruled on first appearance that Kelly would remain in provisional prison until at least December 6th. The defendant has not requested bail, nor has he been asked to plead innocent or guilty to the charges against him, according to the Australian broadcaster ABC.
Yes, he agreed to be aware of the allegations, including the forced disappearance of a child under the age of 16, a crime that includes potential kidnapping cases like Cleo Smith’s. Authorities believe there is ample evidence at this point to suspect Kelly took the girl from the Blowholes store where she was staying.
The disappearance resulted in one of the largest police operations in Australia’s recent history, and the state government offered a million Australian dollars for information that would enable the whereabouts of the little girl who was eventually to be found in an apartment to be found Carnarvon.