Cleo Smith: Man pleads guilty to kidnapping Australian girl

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An Australian man has pleaded guilty to abducting four-year-old Cleo Smith and holding her at his home for 18 days. Cleo vanished from her family’s tent last October while on a camping trip in Western Australia, sparking a huge search that gripped the country. Police later found her at a stranger’s house in her hometown of Carnarvon, a short drive from the campsite. Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, admitted a charge of child stealing to a magistrate on Monday. He was remanded in custody to face the Perth District Court in March, and is expected to be sentenced at a later date. Australian media reported that Mr Kelly’s guilty plea had come as a surprise ahead of what many expected to be a lengthy legal process. He has been held in a Perth jail since 5 November – two days after police smashed their way into his locked house, found Cleo inside, and arrested him on a nearby street.(BBC)…[+]