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Cleo Smith ‘could have been a living doll in the hands of Bratz collector Terry Kelly’

Cleo Smith is pictured in a detective’s arms 18 days after went missing from a Western Australian campsite

Cleo Smith emerged from what the world feared was an 18-day nightmare with her honey-blonde hair neatly brushed, her clothes clean and fresh, looking just like a real living doll.

The bubbly four-year-old had been found in a locked bedroom, playing with toys, in the middle of the night with the lights turned on.

Since being reunited with her family Cleo has appeared to be the happy little girl she was before her ordeal, kissing and cuddling her mother and stepfather.

Her alleged abductor, doll collector Terrence Darrell Kelly, has been charged with one count of forcibly taking a child under 16, but has so far not been publicly accused of doing the child further physical harm. 

Kelly is before the courts, entitled to a presumption of innocence and his alleged motives are so far not known.

But amateur sleuths cannot help combining what little is known about Kelly’s interests with the few details revealed of Cleo’s missing days to speculate she was treated as some sort of toy.

They are asking whether Cleo found herself trapped in the fantasy world of a loner seemingly fixated on plastic figurines – a walking, talking, living doll.

Cleo Smiths's alleged abductor, Terry Kelly, has been charged with one count of forcibly taking a child under 16, but has so far not been publicly accused of doing the child further physical harm. He is pictured shortly before being flown from Carnarvon to Perth on Friday

Cleo Smiths’s alleged abductor, Terry Kelly, has been charged with one count of forcibly taking a child under 16, but has so far not been publicly accused of doing the child further physical harm. He is pictured shortly before being flown from Carnarvon to Perth on Friday 

Doll collector Kelly is entitled to a presumption of innocence and his alleged motives are so far not known. But amateur sleuths cannot help speculating Cleo was treated as some sort of toy. Kelly is pictured in a Bratz T-shirt with two of the fashion figurines

Doll collector Kelly is entitled to a presumption of innocence and his alleged motives are so far not known. But amateur sleuths cannot help speculating Cleo was treated as some sort of toy. Kelly is pictured in a Bratz T-shirt with two of the fashion figurines 

Kelly is not on a list of known sex offenders in Carnarvon and police allege he acted alone. One social media account linked to Kelly shows images of a room stacked floor to ceiling with dolls

Kelly is not on a list of known sex offenders in Carnarvon and police allege he acted alone. One social media account linked to Kelly shows images of a room stacked floor to ceiling with dolls

Kelly appears to have a particular fascination with Bratz fashion dolls and one of the brand’s four original figurines released 20 years ago was a blonde, almond-eyed teenager called Cloe.

Cleo Smith has a seven-month sister called Isla. In the elaborate make-believe Bratz universe Cloe the doll has a little sister named Isa.

Kelly, 36, lived alone in public housing at Carnarvon, 900km north of Perth, where Cleo was found about 1am on Wednesday.

Kelly appears to have a particular fascination with Bratz fashion dolls. One of the popular brand's four original figurines was a blonde, almond-eyed girl called Cloe (pictured)

Kelly appears to have a particular fascination with Bratz fashion dolls. One of the popular brand’s four original figurines was a blonde, almond-eyed girl called Cloe (pictured)

He is accused of kidnapping Cleo from a tent at the Blowholes camping ground, 75km north of his home, on September 16 while she holidayed with her family.

Detectives have not yet established if Cleo was kept at Kelly’s house for all the time she was away from her parents. 

Kelly is not on a list of known sex offenders in Carnarvon and police allege he acted alone. 

He was not home when detectives broke into the property and rescued Cleo, who fell asleep in her mother’s arms when they were reunited.

Police have said Kelly was not known to Cleo’s family but his house is just 3km from their home. 

Since Kelly’s arrest it has been revealed he was obsessed with dolls and he was spotted a week ago with a car full of children’s toys, a neighbour told Daily Mail Australia.

Henry Dodd said the brand new dolls were still in their packaging ‘as if they had been collected from the post office’.

‘There were around ten or twelve dolls… and it looked like he had picked them up after they were delivered somewhere,’ Mr Dodd said on Thursday.

‘You could see them in their boxes like he ordered them online. They were all piled in the back of his car.

‘I thought it was weird. But I didn’t know anything about him collecting dolls or anything. I didn’t know he had a whole room full of them in his house.

‘We didn’t know that until it [was reported] today.’

Since being reunited with her family Cleo has appeared to be the happy little girl she was before her ordeal, kissing and cuddling her mother and stepfather. Cleo is pictured before her disappearance

Since being reunited with her family Cleo has appeared to be the happy little girl she was before her ordeal, kissing and cuddling her mother and stepfather. Cleo is pictured before her disappearance

Ae social media account linked to Kelly shows pictures of him driving around town carrying dolls. 'I love my dolls', one post reads. 'I love taking my dolls for drive arounds and doing their hair and taking selfies in public,' says another

Ae social media account linked to Kelly shows pictures of him driving around town carrying dolls. ‘I love my dolls’, one post reads. ‘I love taking my dolls for drive arounds and doing their hair and taking selfies in public,’ says another

Cleo Smith emerged from what the world feared was an 18-day nightmare with her honey-blonde hair neatly brushed, her clothes clean and fresh, looking just like a living doll. She is pictured back in the arms of her mother Ellie Smith on Wednesday

Cleo Smith emerged from what the world feared was an 18-day nightmare with her honey-blonde hair neatly brushed, her clothes clean and fresh, looking just like a living doll. She is pictured back in the arms of her mother Ellie Smith on Wednesday

Kelly was known to buy girls’ toys including Disney Princess and Bratz dolls from the local Toyworld and police have asked the store’s operators for CCTV footage. 

Mr Dodd has also said in the days before Cleo was found he saw Kelly buying nappies from a nearby supermarket.

‘The other day, I think it was Monday, we saw him buying Kimbies in Woolworths but we didn’t click on why he was buying them or who he was buying them for,’ he said.

Multiple social media accounts have emerged which allegedly belonged to Kelly, including one under the name Bratz DeLuca which details an obsession with Bratz dolls.

That account features images showing a room with boxed toys carefully stacked from floor to ceiling and pictures of Kelly driving around town carrying dolls.

‘I love my dolls’, one post reads. ‘I love taking my dolls for drive arounds and doing their hair and taking selfies in public,’ says another.

Kelly is shown in one picture wearing a Bratz doll T-shirt. 

Since Kelly's arrest it has been revealed he was obsessed with dolls and he was spotted a week ago with a car full of children's toys, a neighbour told Daily Mail Australia. This picture of a room filled with dolls appears on a social media account linked to Kelly

Since Kelly’s arrest it has been revealed he was obsessed with dolls and he was spotted a week ago with a car full of children’s toys, a neighbour told Daily Mail Australia. This picture of a room filled with dolls appears on a social media account linked to Kelly 

Other profiles allegedly linked to Kelly mention children and family members, but neighbours and friends have said they were unaware of him ever having kids of his own. 

An account allegedly linked to Kelly followed one belonging to Cleo’s s mother Ellie Smith, where she begged for help finding her missing daughter. 

When police were asked about Kelly’s alleged doll obsession and whether he might have used the toys to lure Cleo they declined to comment.

Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine of the Homicide Squad was one of four officers involved in recovering Cleo from Kelly’s house.

He can be heard on a police recording asking the little girl, ‘What is your name?’ three times before she finally falteringly replied: ‘M-my name is Cleo.’ 

That magic moment has been played around the world but Detective Senior Sergeant Blaine has withheld other details about the moment Cleo was found.

Kelly, 36, lived alone in a house at Carnarvon, 900km north of Perth, where Cleo was found about 1am on Wednesday. Hey is accused of kidnapping Cleo from a tent at the Blowholes camping ground, 75km north of his home, on September 16 while she holidayed with her family

Kelly, 36, lived alone in a house at Carnarvon, 900km north of Perth, where Cleo was found about 1am on Wednesday. Hey is accused of kidnapping Cleo from a tent at the Blowholes camping ground, 75km north of his home, on September 16 while she holidayed with her family

Detectives have not yet established if Cleo was kept at the property for all the time she was away from her parents. Kelly is not on a list of known sex offenders in Carnarvon and police allege he acted alone. Cleo is pictured in hospital after her rescue

Detectives have not yet established if Cleo was kept at the property for all the time she was away from her parents. Kelly is not on a list of known sex offenders in Carnarvon and police allege he acted alone. Cleo is pictured in hospital after her rescue

‘The lights were on and that she was playing with toys,’ he said. ‘I think that’s about all I want to say, this is still a matter that still needs to go before the courts.

‘There’s certain aspects of what we saw that is going to be evidence and I really don’t want to say anything that’s going to prejudice it.’

Police have told Cleo’s parents not to talk about the events of the 18 days she was missing with their daughter. 

Detective Senior Sergeant Blaine said discussing the details of what happened could jeopardise the prosecution’s case by diluting the accuracy of Cleo’s information.

He visited the family on Thursday and said Cleo appeared to be holding up well.

‘I can only see her from the outside,’ Detective Senior Sergeant Blaine said. ‘But from that point of view, I’m amazed that she seems to be so well-adjusted and happy.’

‘It was really heart-warming to see that she’s still bubbly and she’s laughing.

Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine of the Homicide Squad was one of four officers involved in recovering Cleo from Kelly's house. He can be heard on a police recording asking the little girl, 'What is your name?' three times before she replied: 'M-my name is Cleo'

Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine of the Homicide Squad was one of four officers involved in recovering Cleo from Kelly’s house. He can be heard on a police recording asking the little girl, ‘What is your name?’ three times before she replied: ‘M-my name is Cleo’

‘It’s really good to see that she’s adjusted, she’s getting some sleep, she’s playing in the backyard exactly how you would expect.’

Detective Senior Sergeant Blaine said police had shared as much information as they could with Cleo’s parents but the investigation had a long way to go. 

‘Obviously it’s still a time where we’re exploring all the facts,’ he said. ‘We’re getting information from, still, a number of different sources. Some of that information is completely wrong.

‘So we’re careful about what information we share with people, we want to make sure we’re 100 per cent sure of the facts.’

When Kelly faced Carnarvon Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon he took several moments to acknowledge his name when it was called and only nodded to indicate he understood the kidnapping charge against him. 

Detective Senior Sergeant Blaine said police had shared as much information as they could with Cleo's parents but the investigation had a long way to go. Cleo is pictured in the arms of police

Detective Senior Sergeant Blaine said police had shared as much information as they could with Cleo’s parents but the investigation had a long way to go. Cleo is pictured in the arms of police


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