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9-Year-Old Stowaway Has 'Behavioral Problem,' Says His Father

9-Year-Old Stowaway Has 'Behavioral Problem,' Says His Father

Originally posted 10/09/2013 06:30AM

The father of the 9-year-old Minnesota boy who last week stowed away on a Delta flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Las Vegas admits that the boy needs help.

"I don't have an angel, okay? I have a 9-year-old," the father told CNN affiliate WCCO. "To me, he's got a behavioral problem."

The father, who asked not to be identified (because of the boy's age, the young stowaway also has not been named publicly), told the TV station that the family has been unsuccessfully trying to get help for his son for years.

Earlier it was reported that the boy has a history of sneaking into a local waterpark and that he recently stole and crashed a vehicle.

"I miss my son," the father said of the boy who reportedly is still being held by child welfare authorities in Las Vegas. "I love my son."

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That 9-Year-Old Stowaway to Las Vegas Has Been in Trouble Before

9-Year-Old Stowaway to Las Vegas Has Been in Trouble Before

Originally posted 10/08/2013 08:50AM

While airport and airline officials continue to gather information in the mystery of how a 9-year-old boy successfully evaded security and stowed away on a Minneapolis-to-Las Vegas Delta flight last week, new details about the young passenger are emerging.

The boy – who, because of his age, is not being identified by name – is no stranger to trouble, reports radio station KFGO AM, which says he's broken into a waterpark without buying a ticket.

Last week, says the station, he was arrested for driving on I-35 in a stolen car.

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