On Thursday, Nov. 4, Australian man Terence Darrell Kelly was charged with kidnapping four-year-old Cleo Smith, who was discovered on Wednesday, Nov. 3 after being missing for 18 days.
Kelly did not seek bail and did not have to make a plea before the Carnarvon Magistrate’s Court. After suffering self-inflicted wounds in the head while being in a holding cell, he was transported to the hospital.
Local news sources affirmed he will be detained until Dec. 6.
According to investigators who earlier stated that the abduction was “opportunistic” and unorganized, he reportedly acted alone.
Kelly, 36, is not a convicted sex criminal, according to police, and was first named as a suspect on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
The man’s neighbors were stunned when they noticed him buying nappies though he does not have any children on Monday, Nov. 1.
They also heard crying from inside the house and said that the man was a “loner” who had been acting “weirdly.”
“The other day – on Monday – we saw him in Woolworths buying Kimbies [nappies] and that,” said Henry Dodd, who lives in the neighborhood.
“But we didn’t click on what he was buying them for,” Dodd added, as the Daily Mail reported.
Neighbors said that the man was known as a “quiet” person, and they did not ever think he could be a kidnapper.
“Everyone knows the person who stays at that house, but no one would have thought it would be him,” Dodd went on to say. “We were shocked.”
Investigators located Cleo alone inside a closed property in Carnarvon, Western Australia, only two miles from her family’s home and 47 miles from the campground where she disappeared on Oct. 16.
After being found, Cleo was reunited with her parents and is now undergoing care in a hospital.
When Detective Sergeant Cameron Blaine and his colleagues discovered Cleo, she was conscious and aware.
The detective visited the relieved family after Cleo’s medical check-up. He said that he was surprised that she seemed “so well-adjusted and happy” following the incident.
“It was really heart-warming to see her interact and playing in the backyard and just being herself and around her parents,” he stated according to the BBC.