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Hunt Begins For Mystery Accomplice As Cleo Smith Describes Woman In House

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Hunt Begins For Mystery Accomplice As Cleo Smith Describes Woman In House

The hunt is on for a mystery female accomplice who Cleo Smith claims came to the house she was being held captive in to 'look after her'.

According to the MailOnline, the four-year-old dropped the bombshell during police interviews.

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Sources close to the publication explained that Cleo mentioned the female accomplice would visit the place she was held for 18 days to care for her.

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It is believed that the youngster made allegations that the woman helped to dress her and brush her hair.

Cleo - who had been missing since 16 October - was discovered last week in Western Australia after she went missing from her family's campsite.

A 36-year-old stranger called Terry Kelly has now been charged with abducting the youngster.

Credit: Instagram
Credit: Instagram
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Kelly, a local resident, has been charged with forcibly taking a child among other offences, a statement said.

He appeared briefly in court in the town of Carnarvon, Western Australia, where a magistrate refused to release him on bail.

Police visited Cleo's family in Carnarvon as they prepared to gather crucial witness evidence involving Kelly, who is suspected of snatching her from a campground north of the west coast town of 5,000 people on October 16.

Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine said: "I can only see her on the outside, but from that point of view, I'm amazed that she seems to be so well-adjusted and happy, and it was really ... heartwarming to see that she's still bubbly and she's laughing.

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"I'm sure that it has had an impact, but just to see her behaving quite naturally like a four-year-old girl should do and just enjoying being in the presence of her little sister and her family was good."

Cleo Smith. Credit: Instagram
Cleo Smith. Credit: Instagram

Mr Blaine was part of a four-member police team that used a battering ram to smash into a locked house early on Wednesday and rescue Cleo.

The lights were on and she was alone playing with toys in a house less than a 10-minute drive from her own, police said.

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"My name is Cleo," the smiling girl told the police officers who rescued her and asked her name as confirmation that they had found the right child.

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Topics: News, Australia

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