Camden parents took missing 2-year-old, police say

(Source: Camden Police Department)

CAMDEN, SC (WACH) -- Camden police are searching for a 2-year-old who was supposed to be removed from her parents.

According to the Camden Police Department, 2-year-old Dakota Ray was taken on April 15.

William Eugene Ray and his brother, Johnny Lynn Ray, who was given custody of the 2-year-old, were at the Department of Social Services in Camden, according to police. Ray had allegedly convinced his brother DSS was giving he and his wife, Jessica Louise Ray, back custody of the child after he passed a drug test. Police say Ray took off with the kid when his brother went for food.

Johnny Lynn Ray is also charged with unlawful neglect of a child. William Eugene Ray has also been seen at a North Carolina gas station

DSS reported the child missing on Tuesday. The child's uncle received custody after Kershaw County investigators were called to a motel related to the Rays and their child.

Police say the couple is known to use drugs, particularly methamphetamine.

William Eugene Ray, 43, and Jessica Louise Ray, 36, are believed to be driving a tan 1996 Ford Aerostar van with Idaho plates. The tag is also stolen and reads South Carolina LMU 173.

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