Cleo Smith’s mum Ellie Smith and stepdad Jake Gliddon reveal engagement joy
The parents of rescued four-year-old Cleo Smith are getting married.
Photographs show Cleo’s beaming mum Ellie and stepdad Jake Gliddon showing off Ellie’s new pear-shaped diamond engagement ring.
The happy news comes just a week after the couple shared harrowing details from the terrifying 18 days Cleo was held captive after being stolen from her family’s tent at the Blowholes campsite in October.
In a controversial television interview, Ms Smith said Mr Gliddon’s devotion to Cleo made hateful comments directed at him by online trolls during Cleo’s disappearance even harder to bear.
“For me personally … claiming that it was Jake, and I know how much Jake has stepped up to be Cleo’s dad and how much he is Cleo’s dad … for people to then accuse him because he is a stepdad … that was hard for me,” she said.
“They have no idea who we are as people or any of the situation at all, but yet they had the audacity to message us and accuse us they have no idea about.
“We’re in such a dark place — you know, part of our family is missing, and you’re getting these messages.”
The family is determined to move on from the ordeal, and plan to leave Carnarvon to give Cleo a fresh start.
The couple are also parents to 10-month-old Isla.
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