Cleo Smith ‘tells cops a mystery WOMAN brushed her hair & dressed her while held in doll-obsessed loner’s home’
CLEO Smith has reportedly told cops a mystery woman brushed her hair and dressed her while she was being held at the home of her alleged kidnapper.
Doll-obsessed loner Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, has been locked up after the missing four-year-old was rescued from his house in Carnarvon, Western Australia, 18 days after she vanished.
But while police stated no other suspects were being hunted, alleging Kelly acted alone, the youngster has now told investigators a woman would come to the house to "look after her", according to claims reported by Daily Mail Australia.
The alleged bombshell development came to light while officers conducted delicate interviews with Cleo.
Sources close to the investigation reportedly told the outlet Cleo mentioned a woman visiting Kelly's home while she was there to help care for her by dressing her and brushing her hair.
A team of detectives have now returned to Carnarvon as they investigate the possibility another person was involved, with forensic specialists scouring Kelly's home for evidence.
Kelly, 36, arrived at Casuarina Prison in shackles Friday afternoon after being arrested by officers who swooped on his property and rescued Cleo.
It is alleged Kelly shut little Cleo in this room for 18 days until officers burst in and rescued her in the early hours of Wednesday.
Until at least his next court appearance in December, Kelly will be held at the maximum-security jail, which is home to some of Western Australia’s notorious criminals, including Dante Arthurs who brutally raped and strangled an eight-year-old girl in 2006.
Kelly, who is accused of taking Cleo from her family’s tent in Blowholes campground site in Western Australia about three weeks ago, arrived at the jail after appearing in Carnarvon Magistrates Court.
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He faces several criminal charges including one count of forcibly taking a child under 16.
After weeks of searching in the Outback, Cleo was found in a room inside a locked house.
The property where the little girl was found last Wednesday was just a seven-minute drive from her family home.
Kelly had been pulled over by police earlier in the night and taken into custody.
He was questioned for about 30 hours before charges were laid.
In the audio clip, a male police officer can be heard saying “we got her, we got her”.
Another cop says “come here, come here, I got you bubby” as another says “what’s your name sweetheart?”.
After little Cleo paused for a second, she told police words they had desperately wanted to hear throughout their hunt for her.
“M-my name is Cleo,” she replies as one of the clearly relieved cops says “hello Cleo!” and another says “you’re alright bubby”.
Western Australia Police confirmed that cops broke their way into a locked property at around 1am last Wednesday in Carnarvon, Western Australia.
Police cameras show the moment Cleo was carried in an officer’s arms to safety following the burst in – returning her to her family after 18 days.
Cleo’s mum Ellie Smith spoke out for the first time since the little girl was found, posting the emotional message to Instagram: “Our family is whole again.”
It has since emerged that Cleo's suspected kidnapper was obsessed with Bratz dolls, with pictures showing dozens of them in the house where she was found.
One of Kelly’s many social media profiles is a Facebook page devoted to his obsession with Bratz dolls, an American brand featuring scantily clad teenage figures.
On the page, he posted a video of himself with a filter showing hearts with the words “I love my dolls”.
Another picture shows a room dedicated to the dolls, with shelves stacked to the ceiling showing a large number still in their boxes, the Sydney Morning Herald Reports.
Kelly is also pictured holding one of the dolls in each hand wearing a Bratz t-shirt with the words: “Nothing beats chilling at home with by Bratz dolls”.
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