BOISE -- The Ada County Sheriff's Office is reporting that 17-year-old Lee Roy Center has been found safe in a Boise home with no apparent injuries.

Boise Police found the boy shortly after 7:30 a.m. Thursday at a home on the 2200 block of North Liberty Street. He has been turned over to the custody of the Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare.

Deputies activated an Amber Alert for Center on Wednesday night after they feared he may have been endangered by his father, 44-year-old Verdell R. Daniel.

On Thursday, police spokesman Chuck McClure said officers had located Daniel, but had not arrested him, and did not file charges against him.

McClure also said police continue to investigate a third-party report that led them to seek Daniel as a suspect in an alleged aggravated battery against the teen.


On Wednesday, officials with the Ada County Sheriff's office said they received a third-party report that Center's father, 44-year-old Verdell R. Daniel, committed aggravated battery, causing serious bodily injury to Center.

The sheriff's office also said that Daniel may have prevented Center from getting medical treatment after he injured the boy.

Ada County issued a court order for Center to be removed from Daniel's custody on Wednesday.

At the same time, officials said Daniel left Boise sometime on Wednesday, and may have attempted to drive out of state.

However, those reports appear to conflict with information the Boise Police Dept. released on Thursday. That's because Center was found safe with no apparent injuries.

Police say the allegation that Center was injured by his father is part of an ongoing investigation, and declined to comment any further on the case.

They say they'll continue to investigate the conditions that led to Wednesday's Amber Alert, including the elusive nature of Daniel's actions.

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