UPDATE: The four missing children have been found safe in Ohio. The two suspects are now in custody. 


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An Ohio police department is asking all communities along I-75 to be on the lookout for four endangered abducted children.

Lima Ohio police say the children were taken by their mother Marianne L Merritt -- she has no custodial rights and is said to be headed to Florida. She may be with a man named Charles Perkins in a 2000 dark blue Chrysler Voyager. It has a white passenger door with Ohio plates FMQ3175.

Here are the descriptions from the police department: 

Marianne Merritt (mother). White Female 01/16/1978. 5’05” / 210 pounds red hair green eyes.

Charles Perkins (boyfriend) abusive towards children. Active warrants. Noted as armed and dangerous. White male. 09/05/1978. 5’05” / 164 pounds. Brown hair brown eyes.

Damara Croley 13 YO. White Female. 11/08/2004. 5’03 / 180 pounds. Brown hair and Blue eyes. Last wearing red OSU shirt and Spiderman web pants.

Benjamin Karl-Leland Croley 12 YO. White Male. 01/30/2006. 5’01”/ 120 pounds. Blonde hair and Blue eyes. Last wearing yellow smiley emoji pants.

Patience Wilson 9 YO. White female. 03/05/2009. 4’05” / 80 pounds. Blonde hair and Blue eyes. Last wearing white top and dark blue or black leggings.

Damien Wilson 8 YO. White Male. 04/16/2010. 4’05”/ 111 pounds. Blonde hair and Blue eyes. Last wearing blue shirt and red and black shorts.