The suspected kidnapper of four-year-old クレオ・スミス has been treated in hospital for a second time amid reports he was “attacked” while in custody.
The 36-year-old man was detained by Western オーストラリア Police after its officers found the four-year-old girl alive and well in a house in Carnarvon, 18 days after she disappeared from a remote campsite.
He has gone to hospital twice to receive treatment for injuries since his arrest, 警察は言った. One unconfirmed report said a fellow prisoner “beat him black and blue,” while another said the suspect had tried to self-harm.
その間, Cleo has been reunited with her parents. “Our family is whole again,” Ellie Smith, Cleo’s mother, wrote on Instagram as she shared the news.
The Australian prime minister Scott Morrison described the breakthrough as “a huge relief”.
“The fact that that nightmare has come to an end and our worst fears were not realised, is just a huge relief," 彼が追加した.
Cleo Smith ‘just delightful’ says police detective
Detective Sergeant Cameron Blaine, one of the officers who found Cleo, said that the four-year-old was aware and alert when she was discovered.
Detective Blaine told reporters about how relived he had felt to find that the child was alive and well.
“It was amazing to see her behave like a normal four-year-old child would," 彼は言った.
He added that he had been to see Cleo and that she was “bubbly and laughing” and playing in her backyard.
“She was eating an icy pole, she told me it was very sticky to eat, she was just delightful.”
The police went on to add that the family would be counselled on the next steps in the investigation.
Suspect in Cleo Smith abduction to be interviewed today
The 36-year-old man who is in custody in connection with the Cleo Smith abduction case is expected to be charged today and will be interviewed by the police, 当局は言う.
その間, the lead investigators in the case have urged the public to refrain from spreading “wild” conspiracy theories on social media.
WA Police Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch told the media that the man was taken to hospital twice as a precautionary measure after he was injured in custody, before being taken back to the Carnarvon police station, インクルード Sydney Morning Herald 報告.
The interview process is expected to continue on Thursday afternoon, と言いました.
Seven News issues apology for wrongly identifying an Indigenous man
Seven West media issued an apology for wrongly identifying an Aboriginal man as the main suspect in the Cleo Smith abduction case.
Four-year-old Cleo Smith was reunited with her family on Wednesday.
Local reports said that around midday on Wednesday, 7NEWS.com.au published an article on their website with two images of a person they identified — incorrectly — as the 36-year-old Carnarvon man who was taken into custody by the West Australian Police in connection with Cleo’s abduction hours earlier.
The media platform had taken those images from Facebook.
しかしながら, just before midnight, Seven West published an apology online. 読んだ声明: “Earlier on Wednesday 7NEWS wrongly showed images of a man that were incorrectly labelled as the person under arrest over the disappearance of Cleo Smith. These were removed promptly, but 7NEWS apologises for the error.”
The community members in Carnarvon pointed out their mistake on social media.
Pilbara-based First Nations broadcaster Ngaarda Media said that the wrongly accused man has contacted the police for this false information.
“A man who has been wrongly accused has been harassed online due to misinformation. Because people jump the gun when they look up Facebook, they put in [his name] straight away,” they posted.
WA police release audio of moment Cleo was found
Police have finally released the audio of the moment four-year-old Cleo Smith was found by officers locked in a bedroom at a Carnarvon house.
An officer can be heard saying: “We’ve got her, we’ve got her” and then another officer says, "おい, bubby, come here. I’ve got you, bubby, you’re alright.”
In the audio, the WA police detective senior sergeant Cameron Blaine then asks Cleo, “What’s your name, what’s your name? What’s your name sweetheart?」
The four-year-old can be heard saying: “My name is Cleo.
“Your name is Cleo”, “Hello Cleo”, the officers respond.
Cleo Smith found through ‘hard police grind’
Western Australia state government had offered a $1 million reward for information to find Cleo but authorities do not expect it to be claimed, it was reported on Thursday.
Authorities have not said exact what intelligence led officers to find the girl.
Police Minister Paul Papalia said the breakthrough had not been sparked by a chance sighting but rather “hard police grind”.
“From the moment this investigation began, the Western Australian police force conducted themselves to the absolute highest level of professionalism," 彼が言った 7 ニュース.
Suspect ‘off to hospital again’ says police chief
Western Australia Deputy Police Commissioner Col Blanch said the suspected kidnapper of four-year-old Chloe Smith was “assisting” detectives — but it’s still unclear if he is fit to be interviewed amid reports he has been injured.
“He’s gone off to hospital again this morning,” Mr Blanch told Sunrise on 7 ニュース.
“The important thing for police, if we’re going to interview someone about offences as serious as this … we will need them in a condition where they have had a rest, they’re in a good mental state, they’ve been fed.
"そう, we’ve got to make sure we give them the best opportunity to answer questions and that’s to ensure that the court process is validated if we get to that point.”
Police officer involved in Cleo Smith rescue missed son’s graduation
One of the officers involved in the rescue of Cleo Smith had missed his son’s school graduation, the police minister has said.
Western Australia’s police minister Paul Papalia praised the four officers, noting that one of them had missed his son’s leaving event.
“He told us last night a story, he’d apologised to his son and his son said to him, 'お父さん, what you’re doing is way too important’, and it is an incredible thing to see,” Mr Papalia said.
Cleo Smith spends first night back with family
Four-year-old Cleo Smith has spent her first night back with her family, after going missing for a total of 18 日々.
Western Australia deputy police commissioner Col Blanch told the 2GB radio station: 「「(Cleo’s parents) had a small amount of hope but I’m pretty sure they thought they were never going to give her a cuddle again.”
“I’m pretty sure they all slept in the same room, just cuddling all night.”
Cleo Smith suspect ‘attacked’ in custody
The man suspected of kidnapping four-year-old Cleo Smith was hospitalised after being attacked in custody, reports have suggested.
Another prisoner is thought to have beaten up the 36-year-old after learning who he was, according to the Australian media.
The alleged attacker’s mum told デイリーメールオーストラリア: “As soon as he heard this bloke was arrested over that little Cleo, he blew up, beat him black and blue.
“I tell you what, he got a real hiding… my son had to be taken out in shackles," 彼女は付け加えた.
Cleo Smith to be given time with family before police ask her disappearance
Western Australia police will give Cleo Smith time with her family before they ask her about what happened during her 18-day disappearance, the force’s deputy police commissioner has said.
Col Blanch told the 2GB radio channel that she spent last night with her family for the first time