A total mystery reminiscent of the Alice Springs dingo.
Cleo Smith's family in new plea as mother relives mystery: 'How did someone come into that tent?'
By Abby Richards
Cleo Smith is feared to have been abducted from her family's tent at a campsite near Carnarvon.
The mother of missing four-year-old girl Cleo Smith was asked the question no parent should have to answer in a second interview since her daughter's disappearance last night.
Ellie Smith and her partner Jake Gliddon featured on Channel 7's Flashpoint program, urging the public to call in any information that could help police find their little girl.
It came on the eve of the search for Cleo entering its 11th day after she disappeared from her family's tent in the state's Gascoyne region on October 16.
The couple was asked if they knew anything they had not told police.
"No way. We love our daughter, and we want her home," Ms Smith said.
"For someone … if they have got kids …. they know what it feels like to be a parent, and there is no way that either myself or Jake could have done anything to hurt our daughter."
Ms Smith and Mr Gliddon said they woke on the morning of her disappearance to an open tent, with no sign of the girl or her sleeping bag.
She said the little girl was "everything to us" and the 10 days without her daughter had felt "like an eternity".
"If you know anything, anything at all, call the police because we want our daughter back and she wants us," she said.
"Our daughter Isla, she needs her big sister. We need her home."
The WA government has offered a $1-million reward for information that leads to her being found, or to an arrest of anyone involved in her disappearance.
Mother recounts night Cleo vanished
Ms Smith said it was very hard to return home without Cleo and recounted the night before she realised her daughter was missing.
"I put her to bed. Tucked her in and made sure her sleeping bag was completely tucked on her mattress that made sure she was warm," she said
"It was going to be quite a windy night, it was overcast. We just tried to make sure she was safe."
Ellie Smith has been posting appeals for help about Cleo on social media.(ABC News: Instagram)
Ms Smith again said she woke at 1:30am to give Cleo a drink, before going back to sleep.
"I asked her to get back into bed after she had water. I put my head through to check on Isla and that was the last time [I saw her]," she said.
She remembered being in constant phone contact with the police on the morning after realising Cleo was missing from the tent.
One week ago, at a remote campsite in WA, a mother woke up to find her four-year-old daughter missing. This is how the search for her unfolded.
"I remember when the police were asking us to go through everything," she said.
"I just remember thinking, 'How did someone come into that tent? How could someone feel that they could do that to someone, how could someone take a child?'
"And my gut was just sick.
"We had to keep doing check-ins until they got there, and the whole time you're trying to look through tears. I had other mums helping.
"It was nothing that I would ever wish upon anyone." ...