Camden Police still searching for missing 2-year-old

(Source: Camden Police Department)

CAMDEN, S.C. (WACH) - Camden Police are still searching for missing two-year-old Dakota Ray, who was taken by her parents.

"We just believe this child is in danger," says LT Herbert Frazier of the Camden Police Department, "to know that we have a 2-year-old child outside, that's not being fed or being taken care of, is hard."

Investigators tell WACH the child's mother and father fled the Palmetto State with her earlier this week, with the help of the child's uncle.

"The two brothers got together to get a plan where he can take the child," explains Frazier.

Earlier this month, William and Jessica Ray lost custody of Dakota. The Department of Social Services had a court order that gave custody of the girl to William's brother Johnny. According to police, Johnny claimed he gave the child back to the couple because William said they could have Dakota after a drug test.

"As soon as they said something to us, we knew it wasn't true because they don't do custody arrangements on Sunday," Frazier elaborated.

Investigators say Johnny helped William steal a car so the Rays could flee. They were last seen in Kentucky.

The couple has a long drug history in Camden and has had two other children taken away from them.

"Every parent says they love them but people on meth will tell you anything. Any mother or father would know that this is serious and we want to get this child back."

Several law enforcement agencies and organizations are helping in this case. If you have any information on the Ray's whereabouts call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.

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