Two children – ages 1 and 2 – were reportedly taken by a trusted family friend over 1,000 miles from their Florida residence and abandoned in a Wisconsin park after the babysitter learned that the police were pursuing her.

Authorities in northwest Florida’s Bay County Sheriff’s Office announced on Monday the arrest of Adalyn Jean Burkett, 18, and Marquan Edwards, 22, two days after the children’s mother reported them missing.

The pair allegedly embarked on a cross-country journey from Panama City, Florida, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin overnight between June 23 and June 24, using the mother’s car and taking the children with them, according to law enforcement.

The sheriff’s office stated that less than 48 hours later, the suspects left the children in a public park in Milwaukee in an attempt to distance themselves from the investigation and potential arrest.

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Adalyn Jean Burkett and Marquan L. Edwards arrested and seated in the back of a vehicle.

Marquan L. Edwards, 22, left, and Adalyn Jean Burkett, 18, were arrested after allegedly abducting two Florida children and taking them to Wisconsin. (Bay County Sheriff’s Office)

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a missing child alert for 2-year-old DeKarsen Middleton and 1-year-old Delyla Middleton. Milwaukee news outlets disseminated information about their abduction, and arrest warrants were obtained.

The children were found unharmed in the park on Sunday and were cared for by the Milwaukee police while the U.S. Marshals located Burkett and Edwards.

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The following day, the young children were reunited with their family.

Tina Leach, their grandmother, told local ABC affiliate WISN 12 that they had been on the road since 4 a

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