Camden, South Carolina police are desperately searching for a missing 2-year-old boy. Dakota Ray has been taken by his parents who are "heavy into meth,” according to the local news channel, WISTV.
Dakota was set to be removed from his parents. According to the Department of Social Services, the parents, Jessica Louise Ray and William Eugene Ray, do not have custody of the baby based on an "ex parte" order.
On April 12, the Kershaw County DSS was called to a scene at the baby's home. William and Dakota's uncle, Johnny Lynn Ray, were there. The DSS official said that the baby was set to remain in the custody of Johnny until they finished the investigation.
On April 16, the uncle dropped Dakota and William off at the DSS office and left to grab some food. Reports say that William convinced Johnny that the DSS official relinquished custody back to the parents. When Johnny returned to the office, William and the baby were gone.
Johnny is now being charged with unlawful neglect of leaving the child with William. William is being charged with grand larceny for stealing a tan 1996 Ford Aerostar van from a parking lot on Bramblewood Plantation Road.
Police believe that William and Jessica have the child in this van and are on the run. The van's plate information is a South Carolina with the number is LMU 173.
William was last seen inside a North Carolina gas station. At this time, police do not know of his whereabouts.
An Amber Alert has not been issued because the child is with his biological parents, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
The parents are known to cross state lines, so if anyone knows of their whereabouts, please call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Will you join us in praying for the safety of this baby?
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