Roane Co. authorities seek missing toddler, non-custodial mother

Roane County authorities seek missing toddler, non-custodial mother

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Frank Williams Qualls (source: Roane County Sheriff's Office) Frank Williams Qualls (source: Roane County Sheriff's Office)
Amy Barber-McDonough (source: Roane County Sheriff's Office) Amy Barber-McDonough (source: Roane County Sheriff's Office)

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KINGSTON (WATE) - Roane County sheriff's officers are looking for a three-year-old boy they believe was taken by his non-custodial mother.

Frank Williams Qualls was last seen on August 31 with his mother, Amy Barber-McDonough, who failed to appear in court that day. The sheriff's office has issued a custodial interference warrant for her.

"I was worried because of her mental problems," said Frank's father Timothy Qualls. "She has been bipolar and border line personality disorder. This is the first time she's done something like this."

Qualls said he recently tried to get full custody of their son, and that might have caused the disappearance.

He says Amy's phone has been shut off, and she has moved from her last known residence.

Frank is three feet tall and weighs around 33 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Barber-McDonough, 23, is 5'5" and weighs around 140 pounds with black hair and green eyes.

"We had a vehicle description," said Roane County Sheriff Deputy Chief Tim Phillips. "She supposed to be driving an old Toyota Camry that's going to be unique because it has an orange and black checker board design on it . . . that will stick out."

The 1997 Toyota Camry has Tennessee license plate D6604S.

"I just want them to let the police know," said Qualls. "I just want my son back. I mean, whatever happens wit her it doesn't matter. I want to know he's ok. I want him to be back with me."

Qualls says Barber-McDonough was living in Lake City and has family in Lafollette.

Investigators say they may still be in the area.

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