AMBER Alert canceled for missing 2-year-old Pasco County boy

Posted at 2:58 PM, Jan 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-01 07:06:06-05

UPDATE at 10:20 p.m.:

Pasco Sheriff's deputies and FDLE canceled the Amber Alert for 2-year-old Bane Wheeler.

The child and father have been safely located at the Dollar General, 5997 Edgewater Drive in Orlando.

The father took the child from a daycare located at 9446 US 19, Holiday, just before 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Deputies are still investigating the circumstances of the father taking the child earlier today and if a crime was committed.


A Florida AMBER Alert has been issued for a Pasco County child.

Investigators said 2-year-old Bane Wheeler was abducted by his estranged father, Daniel Wheeler, who lives in Tennessee.

It was around 9:45 am Tuesday morning that a witness told ABC Action News the boy's mother was walking him into the Cedarview Learning Center on U.S. 19 when Bane Wheeler was snatched from his mother's arms.

Investigators said Wheeler lost a custody battle for his child that morning. Captain Eric Seltzer with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said he asked a friend and another woman to help him distract Bane's mom so he could kidnap him.

"Someone yelled her name so she looked to the left and some came from in front of Party City and grabbed him," Kiri Stough the Director of Cedarview Learning Center said. Stough witnessed the abduction. "I don't think he (Bane) knew who was taking him, she was with her 4-year-old daughter too. It happened so quick. We were shocked because we heard someone yelling her name. She was screaming and crying please call 911 he just kidnapped my baby."

Stough said Bane's mom, Erica Lowenstein, tried chasing after her son but Wheeler got away with a man and another woman who helped him.

Investigators said he switched out of the truck used during the abduction and is now in a 2005 black Nissan Altima with the tag 9A47V9.

Bane is 3' 3" tall, 30 lbs. with blonde hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a green jacket, black and blue plaid shirt, dark pants and black tennis shoes.

He has a scar on the middle of his forehead and a skintag on the inside of his left bicep. He uses a nebulizer and currently has croup.

His father, Daniel Wheeler, was last seen wearing a camo jacket, possibly khaki shorts, black shoes and white socks and is bald and has blue eyes. He has multiple tattoos of a flaming heart on his chest, "Wheeler" on his back, a cross on his upper left arm that says "Dustin, and holding hands that says "Bane" on his right arm.

Please call 911 immediately if you see them.