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'I can't accept friend requests from strangers... I live a private life and I respect those who are on my friend list to ensure their privacy is respected too'

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Terence Darrell Kelly has been charged with various offences related to the abduction of Cleo

Terence Darrell Kelly has been charged with various offences related to the abduction of Cleo

Terence Darrell Kelly has been charged with various offences related to the abduction of Cleo

The doll-obsessed man who is accused of kidnapping Cleo Smith in Australia left cryptic posts on his Facebook page discussing his need for privacy on the day the four-year-old went missing. 

Terence Darrell Kelly (36) appeared briefly before a magistrate in Carnarvon on Thursday charged with various offences related to the abduction of Cleo, including one count of forcibly taking a child under 16.

He was remanded in custody ahead of the matter returning to court next month.

It has since emerged that on the same day the little girl was taken from her tent at the Blowholes campsite, in western Australia, in the early hours of October 16, Kelly took to his Facebook page asking for privacy.

“I can't accept friend requests from strangers... I live a private life and I respect those who are on my friend list to ensure their privacy is respected too,” his Facebook status read.

“Us adults have to be careful online too.”

The post explained he would not become “mates” with people just because they knew his family or other friends.

It's understood the post was made about 5am. Cleo was allegedly taken from the tent she was sharing with her mum, stepdad and Isla between 1.30am and 6am, when her family woke to find her gone.

Kelly's Facebook profile was following Cleo's mother Ellie, who regularly shared updates about the investigation and begged for her daughter's safe return.

Kelly's Facebook account also interacted with articles written about the missing four-year-old.

On one news article posted about missing Cleo, Kelly's account reacted with a 'sad' emoji.

Kelly also operated a separate Facebook account where he posted about his infatuation with dolls.

In one video posted on the account, Kelly is seen smiling as he showed off a room packed with collector's edition Bratz dolls with many still in boxes.

The collection included one Rapunzel doll that looked to be about the same height as a small child.

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One neighbour, Henry Dodd, claimed he saw the accused kidnapper with a dozen dolls in the back of his dark blue Mazda one week before his arrest.

Mr 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,” he told Daily Mail Australia.

Kelly was known to buy Disney Princess and Bratz dolls from the local Toyworld store long before he was arrested.

Locals assumed they were gifts for extended family as he didn’t have any kids of his own.

In various social media profiles, Kelly shares images of himself in a Bratz doll T-shirt along with other photos of an entire room full of dolls stacked from floor to ceiling.

More recent purchases, while Cleo was still missing, seem to have attracted the attention of police with the local toy shop asked to hand over CCTV footage.

Cleo was found alive and well early on Wednesday, 18 days after she went missing from the campsite.

She was rescued from a property just minutes from her family home in Carnarvon, about 75km south of the campsite.

Police forced entry to the home and found Cleo alone in a room, physically unharmed and playing with toys.

Kelly was arrested on a nearby street around the same time.

Cleo was pictured smiling in the arms of her mother, Ellie Smith, on Thursday when she was set to speak to specialist child interviewers for the first time.

Homicide detective Cameron Blaine, who was among Cleo’s rescuers, said she appeared to be holding up well.

“I can only see her from the outside. But from that point of view, I’m amazed that she seems to be so well adjusted and happy,” he said.

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

“She’s falling asleep in her mother’s arms. There was one occasion where she asked if she could lay next to Mum and have Ellie look at her while she fell asleep.

“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.” The family of man charged with abducting four-year-old Cleo Smith has been transferred from Carnarvon to a maximum-security prison in Perth.

Meanwhile, Kelly, who is alleged to have acted alone and is yet to enter a plea to his charges, has no connection to Cleo’s family.

Western Australia’s Department of Justice on Friday confirmed Kelly would be escorted from Carnarvon, a small coastal town almost 1,000km north of Perth, by special operations officers to a maximum-security facility in Perth.

The police commissioner, Chris Dawson, said Kelly would be subject to extra security measures “for obvious reasons”, having twice been hospitalised after self-harming while in custody.

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