Police are asking for the public's help after an armed and dangerous man reportedly abducted four children. Their mother, who does not have custodial rights, is apart of the abduction of her own children.
Police believe the children are in the hands of their mother and her abusive boyfriend. Officials are led to believe that the two adults are taking the children out of state.
At this time, we are asking our readers to keep the children in your thoughts and prayers. We ask God to brings these children back alive and unharmed. Will you join us in praying for their safe return?
On Tuesday, August 28, the Lima Police Department in Lima, Ohio sent out a multi-state alert asking for help in finding four abducted children. Police believe that the group is headed to Florida, according to local reports.
The local authorities say that the four children are, 13-year-old Damara Croley, 12-year-old Benjamin Karl-Leland Croley, 9-year-old Patience Wilson, and 8-year-old Damien Wilson. They were taken by their mother who is named Marianne Merritt. The armed and abusive man is 39-year-old Charles Perkins.
Merritt is described as a white female, 5-foot-5-inches tall, weighing about 210 pounds. She has red hair and green eyes.
Perkins is described as a white male, 5-foot-5-inches tall, weighing about 164 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Perkins has active warrants against him, and police say he is armed.
Damara Croley (13) is described as a white female, 5-foot-3-inches tall, weighing 180 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes. She was last wearing a red OSU shirt and Spiderman web pants.
Benjamin Karl-Leland Croley (12) is described as a white male, 5-foot-1-inches tall, weighing 120 pounds. He has blonde hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing yellow smiley emoji pants.
Patience Wilson (9) is described as a white female, 4-foot-5-inches tall, weighing 80 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last wearing a white top and dark blue or black leggings.
Damien Wilson (8) is described as a white male, 4-foot-5-inches tall, weighing 111 pounds. He has blonde hair and blue eyes. He was last wearing a blue shirt and red and black shorts
Merritt and the four children were last seen on North Main Street in Lima at approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police believe the group is traveling in a dark blue 2000 Chrysler Voyager with a white passenger door, with Ohio license plates FMQ3175. See similar photo of the vehicle below:
Please be on the lookout for these children. If you know of their whereabouts, you are urged to call 9-1-1.