9-year-old stowaway placed in 'out of home' care

2:38 PM, Oct 16, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - The 9-year-old Twin Cities boy who sneaked past security and onto a Delta Airlines jet will live in "out-of-home care" while he and his family receive help.

The ruling was made during a child protection hearing in Hennepin County Court Wednesday afternoon.

Judge Joseph Klein ruled that the boy will undergo therapy, as will his family. At the same time the child's parents will work with his school to arrange access to special education.

The parents were granted visitation rights.

KARE 11's Boua Xiong was in court, and reports that contrary to earlier reports the boy's parents were in court. Each had their own lawyer, but neither spoke. 

Judge Kline ordered all parties to not release any information on the proceedings to the public, but ruled that hearings themselves will remain public.

All data except hearings will be sealed.

Authorities say the boy made his way to 'Checkpoint 4' at MSO International Airport two weeks ago and tried to slip past TSA officers while holding a large suitcase, but he was unsuccessful.

Behavior Detection Officers suspected something and removed him from the area, before he could sneak through.

The child returned on Thursday carrying only an umbrella and somehow found a soft spot; TSA officers failed to engage him.
He was then able to slip past Delta officials and board a flight to Las Vegas.


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