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Missing Molalla toddler found safe

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The missing Molalla toddler was located safe this evening at a home outside of Molalla, according to police.

Officials said 14-month-old Mariah Nichols was taken by the Department of Human Services and is receiving medical evaluation.

The FBI joined the search for Mariah today as agents along with Molalla police officers and officers from other neighboring agencies spent Saturday afternoon conducting door-to-door searches and interviewing residents in the area where the little girl was last seen with her parents.

Mariah's custody had been awarded to the state because she is considered endangered and in need of medical attention.

The state had not yet taken custody of the girl.

Her parents are Damien Nichols and Dusty Ann Willman.

A child welfare worker came to check on Mariah on Wednesday at the Ridings Terrace Apartments on the 500 block of Ridings Avenue, police said. Mariah and her parents had been staying there for a couple of days, family members said.

The worker noticed some sores on the Mariah's face, which prompted concerns about her well-being, police said. Mariah's parents were supposed to take her to urgent care to get the sores checked out, police added. While a DHS worker was waiting at urgent care for the couple to arrive with Mariah, the couple canceled their appointment and haven't been seen since, police added.

Damien Nichols' cousin, who the three had been staying with at the Ridings Terrace Apartments, told FOX 12 on Friday that Nichols took his daughter to the hospital on Sunday because she was running a temperature and teething really bad. He last spoke to Nichols on Thursday, he said. He urged him to come pick up the couple's car, which was still parked in the complex's parking lot. The complex was going to have it towed away, he said.

Officers were interviewing Mariah's parents on Saturday and the case was still under investigation.

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