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Man Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping Australian Toddler Cleo

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In the notorious kidnapping of Australian toddler Cleo Smith, the suspect has pleaded guilty in court. Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, admitted to taking the girl, ABC reports.


He has held Cleo at his home in Carnarvon for eighteen days.

ABC calls the suspect’s statement a surprising development in the case. Cleo’s disappearance haunted Australia for weeks last year. The child disappeared from her tent overnight during a camping trip with family. That led to a considerable search.

Authorities eventually found Cleo in a locked room at Kelly’s home, who lived near the girl’s mother.

The 30-year-old is being held in a maximum-security prison in Perth. He appeared in court via video link. More and more is becoming known about the private life of the single man.

For example, according to ABC, he is obsessed with dolls from the Bratz brand. He kept dozens of them in his house.

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