The boy's mother took him with her before helping her boyfriend, a convicted robber, escape from prison, according to authorities. Xander is now in protective custody.
UPDATE: 5:30 P.M. FEB. 12:
Missing Flagler County 3-year-old Xander Quigley was found Feb. 12 after authorities tracked down his mother and her boyfriend — an escaped fugitive — in Flemingsburg, Kentucky after weeks of searching.
All three are safe and uninjured, according to a Volusia County Sheriff's Office news release. Xander is in protective custody until arrangements can be made to place him with family.
The 3-year-old had been missing since Jan. 22, when he disappeared with his mother, 24-year-old Natasha Quigley.
Quigley was suspected of stealing money, checks and a gun from her parents' Palm Coast home and helping 24-year-old Gary Bullock, her boyfriend, escape from a work release program associated with Tomoka Correctional in Volusia County.
U.S. Marshals took Quigley and Bullock into custody at about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 12, according to the release.
Bullock is charged with escape, destruction of an electronic monitor and criminal mischief, and Quigley has been charged with aiding escape. More charges are expected, according to the news release.
The U.S. Marshals Service Florida Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force and Central Kentucky Fugitive Task Force led the search.
— Jonathan Simmons
ORIGINAL STORY (JAN. 26):
Missing 3-year-old boy believed to be in danger; deputies seek help finding him
The following is a news release from the Flagler County Sheriff's Office:
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public's help finding a missing and believed endangered 3-year-old Palm Coast child.
At about 3 p.m. Jan. 22, the Sheriff''s Office received a call to respond to 94 Port Royal Lane in Palm Coast to investigate a theft.
According to the investigation, the caller’s daughter — who has been identified as Natasha Quigley, 24 — took currency, checks and a .357 revolver, and moved from the caller's Palm Coast home along with her 3-year-old son Xander William Quigley sometime between Jan. 21 and Jan. 22.
Since this report, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office has been working with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office on this case.
Xander has been entered today into a national data base (NCIC) as a missing and endangered child.
Xander is described as being 3 feet tall and weighing approximately 35 pounds. He has hazel eyes and short blonde hair in a crew cut fashion.
It is believed that Natasha Quigley and Xander are in the company of her boyfriend Gary Bullock Jr., 24, an escaped inmate from Tomoka Correctional in Volusia County.
Natasha Quigley was last seen driving her white 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt bearing Florida tag EUJ-L31.
At this time, Bullock is a wanted fugitive and is believed to be armed.
Natasha Quigley is also wanted for aiding in Bullock’s escape. If anyone has information about the whereabouts of Xander, Natasha Quigley or Gary Bullock, they are asked to immediately contact their local law enforcement agency.
Callers can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward by calling Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-8477 (TIPS).