Fake social media accounts of accused Cleo Smith kidnapper revealed as charges lay
The family and neighbors of the man accused of kidnapping Cleo Smith, four, say his image appears on a social media account that posts articles about the love of children’s dolls and claims to have a partner and children, although he lives alone.
- Terence Darrell Kelly has been charged with the kidnapping of Cleo Smith
- Her social media account features dolls and a fake family
- Family and friends described him as a recluse who lived alone
Terence Darrell Kelly appeared in Carnarvon Magistrates’ Court yesterday on one count of forcible abduction of a child under the age of 16.
The ABC spoke to family members and neighbors about Mr. Kelly. They described him as reclusive but said in recent weeks that he has started to behave more socially.
They said he went to visit his family at their home.
The profile, which features photos of him, also posts about the love of Bratz dolls.
The profile included a video of the man in a room with shelves full of dolls with a filter giving him bigger eyes and heart emojis.
Police revealed Cleo was found at the house just before 1:00 a.m. playing with toys, but would not be drawn to what was in the room where she was found.
They released the audio of when the police found her, but not the video, from a body-worn camera.
The profile on social networks says “Alpha male and papa”, then in Italian it says “born in Australia of an Italian mother”.
On January 27, a report said he had warned his children, of whom he claimed to have five, about online safety.
The profile also shares videos of a child in a swimsuit, captioned “my princess”, and another of a boy sitting on a sofa, captioned “my son in Western Australia, I miss you big. boy”.
A third video shows a very pregnant woman and is titled “not long now”.
Residents and family members told the ABC the man is living alone.
Comments on the profile posts included those of other doll enthusiasts.
The community has targeted the posts and people linked to them.
A man changed his profile picture to say he didn’t know Mr Kelly and asked people to leave him alone.
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The ABC understands that the man comes from a large family with top-to-bottom connections in the Mid West.
The man’s father is in Karratha and hasn’t had much contact with him, but he was reportedly shocked when he heard the news.
According to his first cousin, whom the ABC chose not to name, Mr Kelly and his older brother were raised in Carnarvon by their grandmother, who died about three years ago.
The cousin said he saw Mr Kelly in stores on October 19 and was surprised at his friendship.
“He was a very calm person,” he said.
“He generally stuck to himself.
But he said his cousin had greeted him at the stores and told him that they “had to stay together now”, which he found strange.
He said a number of people in the community said they saw the man shopping for diapers at the store, but may have assumed he was shopping for friends or family with children. .
He said the situation affected many of his family, who may have had nothing to do with the man for many years.
In a town of just 5,000, community speculation around the identity of the man living in the house where Cleo was found has peaked, with many details of the profiles being shared online.
Another member of the community, who did not wish to be named, told the ABC they had seen backlash against certain groups online and feared it would get worse.
“It’s like the police commissioner said, we have to come together,” she said.
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson has warned people against online comments following Mr Kelly’s arrest.