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Look who has parents!

The father of the 9-year-old who dined and dashed at an airport, stole some luggage, and hopped on a flight to Las Vegas without a ticket is finally speaking out.

And he’s telling the media that although his son does have some behavioral problems (we learned yesterday he stole a car last week) he’s not sure how TSA let the child pass through the security points.

“How can you let a 9-year-old sneak past security, get on the plane without anyone stopping him, questioning him or anything?” the boy’s father, who did not want to be identified, told Minneapolis radio station WCCO.

Blame game, sir?

The father goes on, saying that the child, whose identity has not been released, disappeared on Wednesday night after taking out the trash.

“We didn’t know our son went up to the airport, got past security check, got on the plane – we didn’t know that,” the father said. “We’re not mind readers.”

And it looks like they still weren’t worried after that. The father added that it was not the first time the boy had left the house without letting his parents know, but he usually ends up at a friend’s house.

But the boy didn’t go to a friend’s house. He jumped on the train, made his way past security at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and slipped on the plane to go see a “video game buddy.” After being notified by suspicious flight attendants, authorities met the boy at the Las Vegas airport and took him into protective custody.

Turns out, this isn’t the first time he’s been in trouble. Besides stealing the car, he’s known for going to a local waterpark and “waits until a large family is entering and joins them.” In emails from Janine Moore, the director of Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department, it’s documented that the boy also alleges that his mother had been “stabbed and died,” and held a knife to his throat.

“The reports have been inconsistent and there have been no injuries to the child; however, there is a pattern of behavior,” Moore wrote in the email.

“Typically, staff can tell if a child is lying, but with this child, they are unsure what is going on. This is a two-parent home, and there is at least one other child.”

The boy’s father says he’s sought help over the years to address his child’s behavior, but nothing helps. In fact, one doctor told him the child needed to get outside more, and a police officer urged him to discipline his child better.

“One particular officer said I need to discipline my son more hard,” the father said. “And I asked him, ‘If I discipline my son harder, y’all will come try to lock me up.’”

But he said he’s determined to keep trying.

“I don’t know what to do,” he said. “I love my son. I’m not giving up on my son.”

Damn, this is all kinds of messed up. We hope they get the help they need.


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