Airplane stowaway boy released from court oversight

  • Updated: August 15, 2014 - 8:20 PM

The Minneapolis boy who drew national attention when he stowed away on a Delta flight to Las Vegas in October has been released from court jurisdiction and is now living full-time with his family, authorities said Friday.

The boy’s final court hearing took place Tuesday before Hennepin County District Judge Joseph Klein, according to County Attorney Mike Freeman.

During the hearing, Klein noted that the boy has been living with his parents and siblings since May 30, that he has made good progress on behavioral issues and that his parents have cooperated with social workers, Freeman said in a news release.

“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.” Freeman said. “Congratulations to all.”

The boy was 9 when he slipped on board a Las Vegas-bound Delta flight in early October. Flight attendants became suspicious of him and alerted authorities, who met the boy at the airport. He was returned to Minnesota, where a child-protection petition brought him and his parents under court supervision. He was placed in a facility outside of the Twin Cities where counselors worked with his behavioral problems until being returned to his parents.

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