Airplane stowaway boy back with parents, released from court oversight

Friday, August 15, 2014

The young Minneapolis boy who stowed away on a Delta Airlines flight to Las Vegas in October is now back with his family and no longer under court jurisdiction, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

The final court hearing was held Tuesday before Hennepin County District Court Judge Joseph Klein. In ending the court’s jurisdiction, the judge noted that the boy had been living with his parents and siblings since May 30, that he had made good progress and the parents had been cooperative with social workers and outside help. The child will continue to receive various counseling services through the family’s insurance.

“This is good news,” Freeman said. “The young man and his family and the ‘system’ worked together to try to resolve the issues that made him run in the first place. Congratulations to all.”

The boy was nine years old when he managed to board the airplane in early October without a ticket. Delta flight attendants became suspicious during the flight and authorities met the boy at the Las Vegas airport and eventually he was returned to Minnesota. A Child in Need of Protection and Services (CHIPS) petition was filed by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office to bring the child and his parents under court supervision. The child was placed in a facility outside of the Twin Cities where counselors worked with his behavioral problems and the parents participated in counseling, as well.