Shackled Cleo Smith suspect winks as he’s taken to maximum security prison barefoot after being charged with abduction

THE man charged with abducting little Cleo Smith from her family's tent appeared to wink as he was seen barefoot in shackles today.

Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, was flanked by specially-trained cops as he boarded a private jet at Carnarvon airport to a maximum-security jail.

Looking up at waiting press, he squinted against the sun as he was accompanied into the private plane.

He was flown to Perth, where he will await a court appearance in December.

He appeared in the dock on Tuesday charged with forcibly taking a child under 16.

The sighting of Kelly in handcuffs comes after neighbours say they spotted him in a car full of dolls after the four-year-old vanished.

One told Daily Mail Australia that he saw the accused kidnapper with more than ten dolls in the back of his blue Mazda.

Henry Dodd said the dolls were brand new and 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 the publication. 

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

Mr Dodd went on to say that he thought the sight was "weird" and that he didn't realise Kelly had an entire room full of toys in his house until it was reported on Wednesday.

And after Kelly's arrest, it was revealed that he was obsessed with Bratz dolls with pictures showing dozens of them in the house where Cleo was found.

One of Kelly’s many social media profiles is a Facebook page devoted to his obsession with Bratz dolls, an American brand featuring scantily clad teenage figures.

On the page, posted a video of himself with a filter showing hearts with the words “I love my dolls”.

Another picture shows a room dedicated to the dolls, with shelves stacked to the ceiling showing a large number still in the boxes, the Sydney Morning Herald Reports.

Kelly is also pictured with one of the dolls in each hand wearing a Bratz t-shirt with the words: “Nothing beats chilling at home with by Bratz dolls”.


He also uploaded photos to Facebook in April 2020 showing him taking a doll for a car drive.

He captioned the post: “I love taking my dolls for drive around and doing their hair and taking selfies in public."

Police were asked about the alleged doll obsession and whether Kelly might have used the toys to lure Cleo but said they would not be commenting on it. 

Grainy dashcam footage shows the moment police swooped on Kelly on Tuesday night.

On Tuesday at 11.24pm, over an hour before Cleo was rescued, police surrounded Kelly in front of shocked onlookers.

“It was like a high-speed chase first, there was one car and then police cars,” Deane Mitchell told 7NEWS.

“[I thought] something’s going on, that’s not right.”

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Another witness said that police were "chasing" the suspect before surrounding him.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Cleo was carried to safety after she was found safe 18 days after vanishing from Blowholes Campground – just 43 miles from her home in Carnarvon, Western Australia.

Police allege that Kelly snatched the little girl from her family tent while she slept at the campsite with her family on October 16.

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