The man accused of abducting four-year-old Cleo Smith from her family’s tent has spent his first night in a maximum-security prison in Perth.
Carnarvon man Terence Darrell Kelly was flown from the small community to Perth on Friday and spent his first night in a maximum-security prison.
The 36-year-old was shackled and barefoot as special operations group officers escorted him to the plane after he appeared in court for the first time charged over the alleged abduction.
He is facing various charges including forcibly taking a child aged under 16.
Police remain in the area and continue to investigate the case.
The girl’s mum Ellie Smith and stepdad Jake Gliddon released their first statement thanking the community for their help in finding the four-year-old girl.
“We are humbled by the love and support that we have received from not only our local community but the whole of Western Australia and across the country,” they said.
“We are so thankful that our little girl is back within our arms and our family is whole again.”
They also asked for privacy as they tried to “get on” with their lives.
Cleo was allegedly taken from the family tent while camping at Quobba Blowholes on October 16 and was rescued from a house in nearby Carnarvon just before 1am on Wednesday when detectives barged into the property.
Mr Kelly was brought into custody on Tuesday and questioned for hours before police released a statement late on Thursday, saying he had been charged with “various offences”.
He is due to face court again in December.