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Footage appears to show the man with head injuries that he suffered after reportedly being attacked by a fellow prisoner

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A still from footage of the suspect with bandages on his head

A still from footage of the suspect with bandages on his head

A still from footage of the suspect with bandages on his head

The man accused of kidnapping four-year-old Cleo Smith in Australia has been pictured for the first time since the child was rescued by detectives last Wednesday. 

Dubbed the 'Aussie Maddie McCann,' Cleo had gone missing from a remote campsite in her pink pyjamas at Quobba Blowholes in Macleod, in Western Australia’s north, on October 16.

She was finally rescued from a house in nearby Carnarvon after detectives forced their way into the property and found her alone in a room.

A 36-year-old man who had been taken into custody and questioned by police was later pictured heavily bandaged in the back of an ambulance.

7 News captured video footage of the man who appears to have head injuries that he suffered after reportedly being attacked by a fellow prisoner who learned what he'd been taken into custody for.

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the man, who was not known to Cleo’s family, was assisting police with their inquiries.

And Lead investigator Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde confirmed that police did not have any other suspects in the case.

“It appears as though it was opportunistic,” he said.

After weeks of searching in the Outback, Cleo was found in a room inside a locked house, just seven minutes’ drive from her home.

The four-year-old's first words were "my name is Cleo" as cops busted open the door and found the girl - 18 days after she vanished.

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Dubbed the 'Aussie Maddie McCann,' Cleo had gone missing from a remote campsite on October 16. 

Dubbed the 'Aussie Maddie McCann,' Cleo had gone missing from a remote campsite on October 16. 

Dubbed the 'Aussie Maddie McCann,' Cleo had gone missing from a remote campsite on October 16. 

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According to one neighbour, the suspect who was arrested at the property, was “uncharacteristically ” seen buying nappies.

Neighbours also said they had heard the sound of crying coming from the house.

"The other day - on Monday - we saw him in Woolworths buying Kimbies [nappies] and that," neighbour Henry Dodd told Australia's 'Sunrise' news show.

"But we didn't click why he was buying them for or who he was buying them for.

"Everyone knows the person who stays at that house, but no one would have thought it would be him. We were shocked."

Sahntayah McKenzie who lives nearby said she heard the sound of crying one night, but did not connect it to the missing girl.

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The suspect is pictured (on the stretcher) in the back of the ambulance

The suspect is pictured (on the stretcher) in the back of the ambulance

The suspect is pictured (on the stretcher) in the back of the ambulance

"Not last night, the night before it… I heard a little girl crying but I wouldn't expect it to be Cleo," she told The West Australian.

"I didn't expect it would happen in this little neighbourhood, a lot of people know each other."

Rennee Turner drove to her sister’s house on the street where Cleo was found as soon as she heard the news.

She said she went on a construction course with the man who she described as a "very quiet guy and "a bit of an oddball".

Cleo’s relieved mother Ellie Smith has said her “family is whole again” after the discovery of her missing daughter.

Speaking for the first time since the 4-year-old was found, Ellie said it was the “outcome that we had prayed for.”

A close family friend shared a tear-jerking message from the emotional mother who had written to her loved ones to let them know her "beautiful girl is home."

"To be woken at 4.50am with my phone going crazy at 4.50am and see the words Cleo is home alive and safe," the friend wrote on Facebook.

"Seeing Ellie saying her "beautiful girl is home" is nothing short of a miracle. We are so happy for her to be home."

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