Cleo Smith, the 4-year-old Australian girl who was allegedly abducted by a creepy doll collector, reportedly told police that a woman helped take care of her — dressing and brushing her hair during her 18 days in captivity.
News about the mystery woman emerged when investigators interviewed Cleo after she was discovered physically unharmed inside a house in Carnavaron, the Daily Mail reported.
Terence Kelly, 36, was arrested and charged with various offenses, including one count of forcibly taking a child under 16, after police found Cleo alone in a room playing with toys less than a 10-minute drive from her home.
Sources close to the probe told Daily Mail Australia that the girl mentioned that a woman had visited the Tonkin Crescent duplex, where she helped dress her and brush her hair.
Authorities initially said the suspect acted alone, but in light of what Cleo reportedly said, forensic experts are continuing to search his home for evidence another person who may have been present, the Daily Mail reported.
Detective Senior Sgt. Cameron Blaine, one of Cleo’s rescuers, kept mum about the latest developments but said police have “more work to do,” the outlet reported.
“Our focus this week is for us to ascertain whether there was anyone else involved. That’s why we are still here,” he said.
“So, we just ask that if there was anyone that had any contact with Mr. Kelly, whether you saw him, whether you met with him, whether you spoke to him on the phone during the relevant period, to please make yourself known to police,” he added, according to the paper.
A spokesperson for WA Police told Daily Mail Australia that investigators would not comment specifically about the possibility of another person being involved, but added that “inquiries are continuing.”
Since his arrest, it has emerged that Kelly had an obsession with Bratz dolls and owned a large collection of them. One of his social media profiles is a Facebook page devoted entirely to the toys.