Australian cops release audio of missing 4-year-old’s rescue

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Australian cops release audio of missing 4-year-old's rescue

Police have released touching audio of the moment officers rescued a 4-year-old Australian girl who calmly responded, “My name is Cleo” — 18 days after she was allegedly abducted by a man.

“We’ve got her, we’ve got her,” one officer is heard saying when they entered the house Wednesday in Carnavaron, about a six-minute drive from Cleo Smith’s home.

“Hey, bubby, come here,” another officer says. “I’ve got you bubby. You’re all right.”

A third cop then says, “What’s your name, sweetheart?”

“M-My name is Cleo,” the girl responds.

“Your name is Cleo,” he confirms. “Hello, Cleo.”

The calm exchange marked the end of the girl’s disappearance from her family’s tent at a campsite on Oct. 16.

Ellie Smith, left, and her partner Jake Gliddon, were camping with Cleo when the four-year-old was taken from the campsite.
Ellie Smith, left, and her partner Jake Gliddon, were camping with Cleo when the four-year-old was taken from the campsite.
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Police Forensic Officers are seen at the house where missing girl Cleo Smith was rescued by Western Australian Police.
Police Forensic Officers are seen at the house where missing girl Cleo Smith was rescued by Western Australian Police.
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On Thursday, Terry Kelly, 36, was charged with various offenses, including one count of forcibly taking a child under 16, police said in a statement.

Detective Sgt. Cameron Blaine, one of the officers who found Cleo, said she was alert and aware at the time she was rescued in the house, where she was found playing with toys.

Blaine told reporters he was elated to find the girl alive and well.

Australian police have released the audiotape of their call with 4-year-old Cleo who was kidnapped from her parent's campsite.
Australian police have released the audiotape of their call with 4-year-old Cleo who was kidnapped from her parent’s campsite.
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A police officer carries rescued Cleo Smith in Carnarvon, Australia Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 after she was abducted from her parent's campsite in the Australian Outback.
A police officer carries rescued Cleo Smith in Carnarvon, Australia Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 after she was abducted from her parent’s campsite in the Australian Outback.
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“It was amazing to see her behave like a normal 4-year-old child would,” he said.

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