9-Year-Old Stowaway is Getting Therapy

Updated: 10/17/2013 7:45 AM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

A 9-year-old boy who eluded security at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and flew to Las Vegas will be put in out-of-home placement for 30 days with therapy sessions, a judge ruled Wednesday at a child protection hearing.

The boy's parents will be allowed to visit him. Hennepin County officials had filed the petition saying the boy is in need of protection or county services.
The petition says the child has serious behavioral issues. He's also stolen a delivery truck, been suspended from school and repeatedly runs away from home.
The boy's father says he and the child's mother have tried to get their son help, but officials told him they couldn't intervene because the boy hadn't done anything bad enough. The child gained attention Oct. 3 when he got by security at the airport and wound up in Las Vegas.

Both of the boy's parents attended the hearing. The boy's father had concealed his identity at a news conference by wearing a hooded sweatshirt and hat covering his face. Wednesday, the boy's parents did not cover their faces.

The boy's parents were accepting of the judge's decision.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.