14-month-old Molalla child found safe

Mariah Nichols in an undated photo provided by the Molalla Police Department on April 12, 2013

MOLALLA, Ore. (KOIN) — A 14-month-old girl considered endangered was found unharmed at a home in rural Clackamas County Saturday evening.

Mariah Nichols is now in the custody of a Department of Human Services caseworker and is receiving a medical evaluation. When last seen, the girl was ill and in need of medical attention.

Damien Nichols in an undated photo provided by the Molalla Police Department on April 12, 2013
Damien Nichols in an undated photo provided by the Molalla Police Department on April 12, 2013

The FBI became involved in the case Saturday to help the Molalla police as well as the Milwaukie Police Department, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon State Police.

Her parents, Damien Lee Nichols, 37, and Dusty Ann Willman, 39, are being questioned by authorities.

Dusty Willman in an undated photo provided by the Molalla Police Department on April 12, 2013
Dusty Willman in an undated photo provided by the Molalla Police Department on April 12, 2013

On Wednesday morning, the parents agreed to turn the child over to the DHS at an urgent care clinic, the FBI said in a release on Saturday. But Nichols and Willman did not go to the clinic.

When the DHS caseworker tried to contact the parents of Mariah Nichols at an apartment complex in Molalla the worker saw the family flee. They were not seen again until they were found at a home outside Molalla on Saturday.

Mariah is now in the legal custody of the DHS.

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