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Cleo Smith disappeared from a camp on October 16, prompting a massive search that had taken over the island nation. A man was arrested and charged in connection with the 4-year-old girl who disappeared from a camp in Australia last month and was found earlier this week, Western Australian Police confirmed to People.
On Thursday, the 36-year-old appeared in court and was charged with multiple crimes related to the Cleo Smith kidnapping, including “one count of forcibly removing a minor under 16,” police said of the search, known as “Operation Rodia”.
Suspect Arrested – Charged
Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde, the lead investigator on the case, said police believe the suspect, Terence Darrell Kelly, acted “spontaneously” and “solely alone,” report CNN and The Guardian. He was taken into custody Wednesday and hospitalized early Thursday morning due to self-inflicted injuries, according to the media. The investigation is ongoing and Kelly remains in custody until he is due to return to court on December 6.
Cleo was camping with her family at the Blowholes Shacks camp in Western Australia when she went missing on October 16, according to Australia’s ABC News. Her family said they woke up around 6 a.m. and they found that the tent was open higher than the boy could have reached. The girl was nowhere to be found.
On Wednesday, Cleo was found in a locked house in Carnarvon, about 100 miles from the camp where she disappeared, around 1 a.m. local time, Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch said in a video statement. Police told reporters that the preschool girl appeared “physically fine” when she was found. She was taken to the hospital to confirm that she had no injuries.
“One of the officers took her in her arms and asked her ‘What’s your name?’ She said, ‘My name is Cleo,’ “Blanch said in his statement. Many of the responding officers reportedly cried. Cleo has reunited with her family shortly after, Blanch confirmed. “This is the result that we all expected and prayed for,” he said. “It is the result that we have achieved thanks to incredible police work.”
After Cleo was found, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison celebrated the news on Twitter, writing: “What wonderful and soothing news. Cleo Smith has been found and is home safe and sound,” Morrison wrote. “Our prayers were answered. Thank you to the many police officers who participated in the search for Cleo and in supporting her family.”