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Vegas stowaway back in Minneapolis, greeted by police at gate

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FOX 9 has confirmed that the 9-year-old boy who snuck on a Delta flight bound for Las Vegas without a ticket last week flew back to Minneapolis on Saturday and was greeted by police at his arrival gate, just as he had been in Vegas.

The boy had never flown before heading to Vegas on Oct. 3, and Saturday morning marked his second flight with a noon arrival. He arrived "without incident," authorities said, and he did not leave through the public airport exit. Police have not said where the boy was brought afterward.

Earlier this week, the boy's father spoke out, his face and identity concealed from television cameras by a baseball cap and hoodie. He broke down explaining that the family needed help disciplining the child, who not only hopped that Vegas flight, but also stole and crashed a large box delivery truck just two days before boarding the flight.

Airport security camera shows the boy was also at the airport the day before he made it past security and the flight crew. On that visit, the boy walked out on a lunch bill at an airport restaurant. 

Family members say the 9-year-old was suspended from school following a fight, but they concede they did not know he had been taking public transportation into the city or spending time at the airport.

A Child in Need of Protection or Services (CHIPS) petition was filed in Hennepin County Juvenile Court on Friday. The filing detailed much of the known facts in the case and begins juvenile court proceedings.

A court hearing is expected to take this week now that the boy is back in Minneapolis. The judge must decide whether the boy should remain with his parents as well as what sort of public services should be marshaled to help address his behavior.

For the time being, the boy remains in protective custody. FOX 9 News learned his parents have spoken with him, but it is unclear whether they have seen their son.
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