Pasco toddler, father found safe in Orlando after day-long search

Bane Wheeler and his father were found in Orlando late Tuesday night.

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. -- 2-year-old Bane Wheeler and his father were both found safe in Orlando late Tuesday night and an Amber Alert regarding their disappearance canceled, according to police.

The discovery capped a wild day of searching for the two after the father, 30-year-old Daniel Wheeler, allegedly abducted Bane from the child's mother's arms in day care Tuesday morning. Wheeler, who is already on felony probation, and the mother have been in a custody battle over the boy.

Late Tuesday night, Pasco County authorities said the couple were found safe at a Dollar General store at 5997 Edgewater Drive in Orlando.

During an earlier press conference Tuesday, Pasco County deputies reported that Bane’s mother was distracted by another person at the day care, While she was distracted, Daniel Wheeler reportedly grabbed the child, jumped into a vehicle and took off.  They say he later switched vehicles.

Investigators were concerned for Bane’s safety because of the manner he was taken.

Bane has blond hair, blue eyes, a scar on his forehead and has a skin tag on his inner left bicep. He was wearing a green jacket, black and blue plaid shirt, dark pants and black tennis shoes. Deputies said that Bane has croup and requires a nebulizer.

His father was described as a bald male with "sky blue" eyes. He was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, khaki shorts, black shoes and white socks. The two were suspected to be traveling in a 2005 gray/black Nissan Altima with Tennessee license plates.

Owner of daycare tells me mom was walking into preschool when her son was abducted by the father who ran up behind them. #wtsp #AmberAlert pic.twitter.com/eBzWlijiY3

 

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