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Police issue Missing Child Alert from Ohio to Florida after mother abducts her 4 children

From left to right: 13-year-old Damara Croley, 12-year-old Benjamin Karl-Leland Croley, 9-year-old Patience Wilson and 8-year-old Damien Wilson were all abducted by their mother. (Photo, Lima Police Department)

Authorities have issued a Missing Child Alert for all states from Ohio to Florida after they say a mother and her abusive and dangerous boyfriend abducted her four children.

Lima Police in Ohio announced early Tuesday morning that 40-year-old Marianne Merritt and 39-year-old Charles Perkins abducted 13-year-old Damara Croley, 12-year-old Benjamin Karl-Leland Croley, 9-year-old Patience Wilson and 8-year-old Damien Wilson and are said to be fleeing to Florida.

Police say Merritt has no custodial rights and Perkins is armed and dangerous, has multiple active warrants and is abusive towards the children. Officers say the group was driving in a dark blue 2000 Chrysler Voyager with a white passenger door and Ohio license plates that read "FMQ3175."

Police describe Merritt as a white woman standing 5' 5" and weighing 210 pounds with red hair and green eyes. Perkins is described as a white man standing 5' 5" and weighing 164 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

Damara is described as standing 5' 3" and weighing 180 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Police say she was last seen dressed in a red Ohio State shirt and "Spider-Man web pants."

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Benjamin is described as standing 5' 1" and weighing 120 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. Police say she was last seen dressed in "yellow smiley emoji pants."

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Patience is described as standing 4' 5" and weighing 80 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. Police say she was last seen dressed in a "white top and dark blue or black leggings."

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Damien is described as standing 4' 5" and weighing 111 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. Police say he was last seen dressed in a "blue shirt and red and black shorts."

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Anyone with information on the abduction is asked to call either 911 or the Lima Police Department at 419-227-4444.

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