Cleo Smith taken as living doll by kidnapper obsessed with Bratz toys

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Cleo Smith was allegedly "taken as a living doll" by a kidnapper who was obsessed with Bratz toys.

Since her dramatic rescue on Wednesday, questions have been raised about the motives of the alleged kidnapper with reports suggesting that the four-year-old was a living, talking addition to her Bratz-obsessed 'kidnapper's' bizarre collection of figurines.

Cleo was found in Carnarvon in Australia, 900km north of Perth after she had disappeared from a campsite 75km away on October 16.

The police arrested 36-year-old man Terrence Darrell Kelly, who has been charged with one count of forcibly taking a child under 16.

The authorities found the bubbly child in a locked bedroom, playing with toys, in the middle of the night with the lights turned on.

She was found with her hair neatly brushed and her clothes fresh and clean, just like a real doll.

It is thought that Cleo might have been trapped in Kelly's fantasy world that was seemingly fixated on plastic figurines, particularly Bratz fashion dolls. One of Bratz's four original figurines that were released 20 years ago was a blonde, almond-eyed teenager called Cloe.

Cleo Smith even has a younger sister named Isla. In the elaborate universe of Bratz dolls, Cloe has a little sister named Isa.

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While Kelly is accused of kidnapping Cleo from a tent at the Blowholes camping ground, detectives have not yet established if Cleo was kept at his house for all the time she was away from her parents.

The accused man was not on a list of known sex offenders in Carnavaron and police believe he acted alone.

Kelly was not home when the authorities broke into his home and rescued Cleo, who later fell asleep in her mother's arms once they were reunited.

While the Smith family did not know Kelly, his house was only 3km away from their home.

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A week ago, the suspect was spotted with a car full of children's toys, a neighbour told Daily Mail Australia.

According to Henry Dodd, the neighbour, the dolls were still in their original 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," Mr Dodd said on Thursday.

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"I thought it was weird. But I didn't know anything about him collecting dolls or anything. I didn't know he had a whole room full of them in his house."

Mr Dodd also spotted Kelly buying nappies from a nearby supermarket a few days before she was found, but he had no idea who they were for.

Multiple social media accounts have been discovered, all of which allegedly belong to Kelly. including one under the name Bratz DeLuca which details an obsession with Bratz dolls.

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That account includes images showing a room with boxed toys carefully stacked from floor to ceiling and pictures of Kelly driving around town carrying dolls, and also of him wearing a Bratz doll T-shirt.

"I love my dolls', one post reads. 'I love taking my dolls for drive arounds and doing their hair and taking selfies in public," says another.

The police have instructed Cleo's parents not to reveal any details about the events of the 18 days she was missing with their daughter.

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