Cleo Smith Parents: So far, they have taken the courageous step of putting themselves in front of the cameras and being interrogated by journalists, while urgently appealing for any information, no matter how little, that would aid in the hunt for their missing daughter.
Anyone who saw them speak of their love for their “beautiful” and “lovely” young child with the largest heart could sense the raw passion and horrible strain they had gone through for a long time.
Little Miss, too little to reach the zip on the section of tent where she and her sister were sleeping, but nevertheless tall enough to wake up in the middle of the night and ask her mother for a sip of water.
According to investigators, Cleo Smith could not have reached the zipper on her tent to open it herself since she was only four years old.
Since her birth, her happy mother has shared several family photographs on social media, capturing the child’s spirit and vigour in all of her glory.
Although her parents’ degree of anguish must be incomprehensible, they have not been immune to criticism from others who haven’t attempted to walk a mile in their shoes, as has been the case with her.
While there have been many, many outpourings of support for them on social media, there have also been those who are quick to cast aspersions, people who appear to be unable to accept their account of what happened that night, and people who believe they are in a better position to know what happened.
The attitudes of these armchair pundits and keyboard warriors have a striking resemblance to the abuse meted out to Lindy Chamberlain during the last election.
While standing on the rim of Uluru, a dark-haired lady supports her newborn in her arms with her hands.
Lindy Chamberlain, who was photographed with her young daughter Azaria near Uluru in August 1980, was likewise strongly criticised by the Australian people for her actions.
After being found not guilty in the tragic and horrifying death of her nine-week-old baby daughter, Mrs. Chamberlain was found not guilty in the court of public opinion because she did not show sufficient emotion when interviewed on camera about the infant’s disappearance. She was eventually exonerated in the case.
Mrs Chamberlain, in contrast to Cleo’s family, did not have to deal with the constant barrage of comments on social media, public forums where everyone has an opinion and everyone thinks they’re a detective back then.
Police have said that they are not leaving any stone unturned in their hunt for the small girl, and they have conducted searches at the family’s Carnarvon house on two occasions.
They have, on the other hand, frequently commended her parents’ cooperation and attempted to quell rumor-mongering in the neighbourhood.