Australian man charged over abducting girl

A 36-year-old man has been charged with abducting a four-year-old girl from an outback campsite in Australia.

The man was taken to hospital twice for self-inflicted injuries before being interviewed and charged with various offences related to the abduction on Thursday (November 4).

Cleo Smith had last been seen in her family's tent in the early hours of October 16 at the remote campsite in Macleod.

In the morning, she was gone.

Her disappearance triggered an extensive search by land and air and attracted attention from all over the country.

She was found 18 days later in a locked house in Carnarvon alive and well, about 60 miles south of the campsite.

The house is 2 miles from her family home, media said.

This was the moment that police officers found her on Wednesday (November 3).

Specialist child interviewers would speak with her, and authorities instructed her parents on how to talk to her to preserve her memory, according to authorities.

The hashtag #CleoSmith has been trending on Twitter since Wednesday (November 3), with a picture posted by police that showed a smiling Cleo waving from her hospital bed.

Police said the charges the suspect faces include one count of forcibly taking a child under 16.

Adding that the suspect appeared in court and was due to appear again on December 6.

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