A multi-state alert was issued Tuesday for four children who authorities believe are in danger after they were abducted by their mother.
The children are possibly heading from Ohio to Florida with the mother’s abusive boyfriend, police said.
The four children — identified as Damara Croley, 13; Benjamin Karl-Leland Croley, 12; Patience Wilson, 9; and Damien Wilson, 8 — were taken by their mother, Marianne Merritt, who does not have custodial rights to her sons and daughters, Lima Police Department wrote on Facebook.
Merritt and the children were last seen on North Main Street in Lima around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, WHIO reported. Police suspect they are headed to Florida with Charles Perkins, 39, who has been abusive toward the four children in the past.
Authorities said Merritt and Perkins are considered armed and dangerous. They did not provide further information about the incident.