9-year-old stowaway returns to Minneapolis

12:31 PM, Oct 13, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- An NBC source tells KARE 11's Dave Berggren that the Minneapolis boy who sneaked onto a flight to Las Vegas is back in the Twin Cities.

The source told Berggren the boy was the last person to get off the Delta flight this morning.

The source also said a number of officers were waiting for the boy outside the gate.

Authorities had kept the 9-year-old in Nevada for the past week where a judge heard his case on Tuesday.

"If there is no domicile in Nevada, a child is usually transferred back to the state, their home state, where there's further proceedings," said presiding judge Cynthia Giuliani of Clark County Nevada. "I'm prohibited from speaking factually on any case that comes before me. These are very sensitive cases in the juvenile system."

Hennepin County Social Services filed a petition Friday to intervene in the case. Hennepin County Human Services and the Public Health Department said the child needs protection or services because he's a runaway and committed a delinquent act before age 10.

The boy's father spoke publicly Wednesday, pleading for help with his troubled son.

"Somebody please help me," his father said through tears while donning a hoodie and baseball cap concealing his face in front of several cameras representing multiple media outlets at a press conference.


The boy made national headlines after he slipped past several checkpoints and gate agents and managed to board a Delta flight bound for Las Vegas on Oct. 3.

Many continue to question how a child could get by federal screeners and a Delta gate agent without a boarding pass.

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