A nine-year-old boy from Minneapolis slipped through TSA security checkpoints to hop a Las Vegas-bound Delta jet without a ticket on October 2 and it was just learned that it was more than 24 hours before the boy’s parents told anyone that he had vanished.
Sadly, in a court petition filed on Friday by Hennepin County prosecutors, it was revealed that the boy is well-known to police and child services and the outcome of a hearing in the next three days could result in the boy not returning to his family.
Chuck Laszewski, spokesman for the Hennepin County Attorney’s office says:
‘There’s a wide range of options. Removing the child temporarily from the home or it might involve getting a social worker to be brought to the child.’
According to the six-page petition, the child is known to habitually run away. On one occasion he even went missing for two to three days after leaving home in a rage.
On the day before he went missing the Star Tribune reports:
On Oct. 1, the boy stole a delivery truck in downtown Minneapolis and drove down Interstate 35W toward Edina, damaging other vehicles. The petition said he was “uncooperative with police” when caught, but was returned to his mother.
According to the site:
Last Wednesday, airport police filed a theft report after the child ate a meal at a restaurant, then left without paying. He also left behind a bag he had taken off a luggage carousel, the petition said.
Hennepin County opened a child protection investigation the next day, after his flight to Las Vegas. He’d passed through a TSA security checkpoint and boarded a Delta flight. No one noticed he was an unaccompanied minor without a ticket until the plane was airborne.
Upon arrival in Las Vegas, he was turned over to child protection authorities, but he became “aggressive” and was put into a hospital, then transferred to a residential facility.
This sh*t cray! Hopefully this child finds the help and assistance he needs. Check out footage from a press conference where the father emotionally speaks, above.
SOURCE: Star Tribune