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9-Year-Old Boy Who Sneaked On Plane Will Not Head Home Soon

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A 9-year-old Minnesota boy who made national headlines when he snuck on a flight to Las Vegas will not be going home and will receive therapy. 

A Hennepin County judge ruled yesterday that the child has serious behavioral issues and ordered therapy for the boy's family.

There is another hearing scheduled for next month to see if the boy will be able to return home then.

Besides the plane incident, police say the child has stolen a truck, been suspended from school and repeatedly runs away from home.



A government memo says a 9-year-old boy who evaded security and stowed away on a flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas has a history that includes car theft, sneaking into a water park and contacts with child protection investigators. 

In an email obtained by the Star Tribune, Janine Moore, area director of the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department, told other county officials that staffers have conducted four assessments on the boy's family since December. She wrote that he's known as a "challenging" child. 

Las Vegas authorities took the boy into custody when the plane landed Thursday.

Moore didn't name the boy or his family, but said his mother works at the Minneapolis airport.

USA Today reports that Las Vegas Police are working with the child's parents to get him back to Minnesota sometime Tuesday.

The story has dominated headlines across the country since it broke on KARE 11 Saturday. Many continue to question how a child could get by federal screeners and a Delta gate agent without either a ticket or a boarding pass.

"We typically pay extra close attention to unaccompanied minors," said longtime flight attendant Gregg Proteaux.  "How this happened is baffling."

On Monday afternoon Delta released a statement praising the flight crew that figured out something was amiss when they noticed the child was flying alone and unsupervised. The airline also promised to review policies and procedures so a similar incident would not happen in the future.

"Delta continues to work with authorities and look into the circumstances involving an un-ticketed minor boarding an aircraft in Minneapolis-St. Paul," said Delta spokesperson Leslie Scott in a prepared statement. "We commend the flight crew of flight 1651, whose vigilance and awareness of the cabin led them to proactively alert authorities to the situation prior to the aircraft landing in Las Vegas. Safety and security are always Delta's highest priorities and we are reviewing our policies and procedures to make sure something like this does not happen again."

Authorities say the 9-year-old boarded the plane Thursday morning after making his way through security screeners at MSP International Airport. Delta Flight 1651 took off around 11:15 a.m. and was in the air when crews became suspicious and called Las Vegas Police to meet the plane. The boy has been in the custody of protective services since then.

Hennepin County Protective services will take the lead on the investigation into the boy's welfare once he arrives back in the Twin Cities. The parents of the child are said to be cooperating fully.

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