Perry Co. toddler found safe, father charged

Dawson Cole Bonee was allegedly taken from a Perry County home by his father, who did not have custody rights. (Photo: Perry County Sheriff's Office)

A missing, endangered 2-year-old child taken by his non-custodial parent in Perry County has been found safe.

The child was located and returned to officials early Friday morning.

Perry County Chief Deputy Bart Rosson said Jeremy Bonee took his son Dawson Cole Bonee about 8:30 p.m. on Thursday from a home on Kelly’s Landing Road.

Bonee does not have parental rights to Dawson.

The suspect was believed to be driving a black Dodge truck with a standard cab with Tennessee license plate 6F4-0D4. He was believed to have been traveling south on Lego School Road and may have been driving under the influence.

A tipster in Hardin County saw a story about the missing toddler on the news and notified police that they saw the suspect's vehicle nearby.

Police was then able to trace the suspect's cellphone to that location. They then retrieved the child and arrested Bonee.

Bonne was arrested early Friday morning and charged with reckless endangerment of a child and custodial interference. Officials say the father may face additionals charges after a full investigation.

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