Two-month-old missing from White County found safe, father in custody

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Posted at 7:23 PM, Aug 30, 2022

SPARTA, Tenn. (WTVF) — Gunner Boland was found safe in Wilson County just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Wilson County Sheriff's office said that the baby was found in the back of a U-Haul van driven by a woman named Brandy Lee Burns. The baby's noncustodial father, Daniel Boland, Jr. was a passenger in the van.

In the U-Haul, Burns led deputies in a high-speed pursuit eastbound on I-40. The van was eventually stopped by spike strips deployed around the 235-mile marker.

Though the baby was found unsecured in the back of the U-Haul with no child restraints, he was determined to be safe.

“It’s disturbing whenever you have two adults without regard for anyone else especially when putting the life of a two-month-old baby into jeopardy. That’s inexcusable,” stated Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan. “Fortunately, the baby was found safe and we were able to take both individuals into custody without further incident. We appreciate the assistance from Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, Mt. Juliet Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.”

Daniel Boland, Jr. and Burns are both in custody. Burns, who had active warrants out of Rutherford and Cheatham Counties, was booked on charges of Aggravated Child Endangerment, Felony Evading Arrest and Driving on a Suspended License.

A two-month-old baby boy is missing from White County.

Gunner Lee Boland is suspected of being in the custody of his noncustodial father, Daniel Boland, Jr.

Daniel will face a charge of Custodial Interference if Gunner is indeed with him.

Anyone with information about Gunner's or Daniel's whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.