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Officials Seek Protection For 9-Year-Old Stowaway

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Officials in Minnesota have filed a petition seeking to intervene in the life of a 9-year-old boy who slipped onto an airplane to Las Vegas.

In Friday’s petition, Hennepin County Human Services and the Public Health Department say the child needs protection or services because he’s a runaway and committed a delinquent act before age 10.

The boy slipped past airport security and a gate agent last week and onto a Delta Air Lines flight. He’s currently with Las Vegas Child Protection.

A hearing to assess whether he needs protection will be held after he returns to Minnesota. That’s not been scheduled.

According to Hennepin County’s website, child protection could involve a host of services, including removing a child from a home or appointing a social worker to the family.

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