The parents of missing Cleo Smith have denied suggestions they had anything to do with the four-year-old’s disappearance as they plead for the safe return of their daughter in an emotional interview.
When asked by Seven’s Flashpoint program Cleo’s mother, Ellie Smith, denied the allegations calling them “absolutely disgusting”.
“No way, we love our daughter and want her home,” she said.
“There is no way that either myself or Jake could’ve done anything to hurt our daughter.
“She’s been taken from our family, from somewhere she’s meant to feel safe.”
Police are now operating on the theory that Cleo was allegedly abducted, following a series of recent developments which include a car seen leaving the area not long after Cleo went missing.
“Whoever’s watching, if the person who’s watching this has Cleo, we want her home,” she said.
“We want her to be home with our baby.
“We want her back in our arms.”
Cleo vanished from the Blowholes Campground in Western Australia on October 16.
Have you seen four-year-old Cleo Smith?
Cleo was last seen sleeping in a red and black sleeping bag and was wearing a pink/purple one-piece sleep-suit with a blue and yellow pattern.
— WA Police Force (@WA_Police) October 18, 2021
Cleo was last seen sleeping in a red and black sleeping bag and was wearing a pink/purple one-piece sleep-suit with a blue and yellow pattern. Grave concerns are held for Cleo’s safety as WA Police end their search of the campgrounds and shift to investigating Cleo’s suspected abduction. WA Police have utilised the assistance of SES personnel, drones and aircraft to locate the missing child.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.