UPDATED: 8-28-18 7:45 pm

Four Lima children in a statewide endangered missing child advisory issued this morning by the Lima Police Department, have been found safe in Kenton, Ohio.

The children were found in Kenton at a residence Tuesday afternoon.

The children were found “unharmed and safe” and are now in the custody of Allen County Children’s Services, police said.

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The children’s mother, Marianne Merritt and her boyfriend, Charles Perkins, tried to run from police, but they were caught and taken into custody.

Perkins is jailed on an active warrant and Merritt is jailed on a charge of interference with custody.

(8-28-18) From the Lima Police –

PLEASE BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR FOUR ENDANGERED ABDUCTED CHILDREN TAKEN BY THEIR MOTHER MARIANNE L MERRITT. MARIANNE HAS NO CUSTODIAL RIGHTS AND IS SAID TO BE HEADED TO FLORIDA WITH A CHARLES PERKINS IN A 2000 CHRYSLER VOYAGER DARK BLUE IN COLOR WITH A WHITE PASSENGER DOOR, OHIO PLATE FMQ3175.

Police are looking for the, Marianne Merritt and her boyfriend in the abuduction of her children:

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.

Police are looking for a vehicle they may be in described as a dark blue 2000 Chrysler minivan with Ohio license plate: FMQ3175. The minivan has a white passenger door.

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THE CHILDREN ARE PICTURED FROM OLDEST TO YOUNGEST.

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.

You are asked to contact the Lima Police Department at 419-227-4444 with any information or any local law enforcement agency.

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