Cleo Smith’s parents battled dark times during their daughter’s 18-day kidnapping nightmare, no more so when they were blamed for her disappearance.
In a series of high-profile media interviews over the past 24 hours, Cleo’s mum Ellie Smith and stepdad Jake Giddon have shared new details about their daughter’s recovery following her return to safety while also detailing the intense public scrutiny the family faced during the search.
This includes the toll wrought by accusations that their concern for the missing four-year-old was manufactured and they had been responsible for her disappearance.
“(We) pretty much tried to stay off social media,” Ms Smith told the Today show on MondayThe ban on indoor and outdoor gatherings — will be lifted. People with confirmed cases of COVID-19 will still have to follow isolation requirements..