Authorities say Donnie Lee Shelton brought his 8-year-old daughter to the emergency room at Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin in the central part of the state. Hospital officials say a nurse became suspicious when the girl wouldn't make eye contact with her. The staff checked the Amber Alert website, then called police.
Hospital official John Henson says the girl faked being sick after she saw a hospital sign.
The 46-year-old Shelton was arrested. Interviewed by WYMT-TV at the jail, Shelton said he took his daughter in Pickens County, S.C., because he felt she was in danger.
The girl has been reunited with her mother.