Boise Man Surrenders Following Seven Hour Standoff; 14 Month Old Baby Safe


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Boise police took one man into custody at about 11:35 pm Monday night and the 14 month old baby girl that was in his care at the time is also safe. Authorities were called to a home in the 4700 block of North Jullion Way off West McMillian Road in West Boise after an incident that had officers and family members concerned for the safety of the child about 4:40 pm.

"The presence of a baby made this a particularly delicate situation. We've been very concerned for the safety of that child," said Captain Eugene Smith with the Boise Police Department. "We needed to do all we could to keep that child safe in what we were afraid was a very volatile environment. That meant allowing negotiations to proceed as slowly and methodically as necessary to allow for a peaceful resolution."

Officers arrived to check on the man and found he had his 14 month old baby girl also in the basement with him. Officers felt the man's erratic behavior was also a danger to the child. The man refused to come out of the home or to allow officers to make sure the child was okay. Officers were also told the man may have access to weapons.

Officers with the Boise Police Crisis Negotiation Team as well as SWAT officers were called to the scene. About seven homes were affected when Jullion Way was blocked to traffic to allow for the safety of police operations. No homes were evacuated but residents were told to stay inside their homes.

In the end, the man surrendered and handed the child to officers. The child has been placed in protective custody. The man, in his 30’s, has been placed in the custody of Idaho Health and Welfare. Prosecutors are expected to review the police reports for possible criminal charges concerning child endangerment.

Photo courtesy of KBOI-TV

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