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Father of 9-year-old stowaway admits son has behavioral problems

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Father of 9-year-old stowaway admits son has behavioral problems

By Jennifer Kastner. CREATED Oct 8, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A man who says he's the father of a 9-year-old Minnesota boy who snuck onto a Las Vegas-bound Delta airplane last Thursday spoke out on Tuesday.
 
In an interview with WCCO Radio, he claims his son has a history of behavioral problems, "One particular officer said I need to discipline my son [more firmly]. I said, 'If I discipline my son, you all will come try to lock me up."

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Also on Tuesday, the owner of a Minneapolis noodle company came forward saying the boy stole one of her delivery trucks last week and crashed it into a police cruiser.

The case of the 9-year-old stowaway appeared in front of a Clark County judge Tuesday.

Due to privacy laws, Judge Cynthia Giuliani was only able to speak in general terms, but said in cases like these, a hearing is held to determine whether the boy should stay in protective custody and where he should go next.

"What happens is, if there is no domicile in Nevada, a child is usually transferred back to their home state for further proceedings," said Judge Giuliani.

A spokesman for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport said surveillance video shows the boy circumnavigating TSA agents who check for identification and tickets. He’s then seen blending in with a family while being screened by security.

At the gate he speaks with an airline agent for a few seconds, and once the agent is preoccupied, the boy calmly heads down the jet way.

When crew on board realized the boy was not on their list of unattended minors, they called police in Las Vegas.

According the airport spokesman, the boy told investigators he wanted to come to Las Vegas to visit a friend he met while playing an online video game.

Jennifer Kastner

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Jennifer Kastner is a general assignment reporter for Action News.