Expert: Vegas stowaway boy's actions were cries for help - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU

Expert: Vegas stowaway boy's actions were cries for help

Posted: Updated:
A Metro report revealed a 9-year-old stowaway blended in with a family that looked like him at security checkpoint before boarding a flight to Las Vegas. (FOX5) A Metro report revealed a 9-year-old stowaway blended in with a family that looked like him at security checkpoint before boarding a flight to Las Vegas. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The 9-year-old Minnesota boy who hopped on a plane to Las Vegas alone and without a ticket has had previous run-ins with the law, as revealed on Friday during a protective order petition.

Hennepin County, MN, Human Services Department filed the petition, stating reasons the child is in need of protective care.

In the petition, the boy was revealed to have had a history of running away from his parents and often showed aggressive behavior, even stealing a delivery truck just two days before his flight to Las Vegas.

In the truck theft, the boy took a joyride on the interstate while damaging other cars, the petition said.

The petition also stated the boy ran away from, escaping to the county pool or park alone. The boy also was suspended from school.

"This young man is definitely having a cry for help. He needs help," said child psychologist Dr. Louis Mortillaro.

Mortillaro stated he's never seen a case like the stowaway child's in his 40 years of practice. He said the boy's risky behavior was likely brought on by attachment problems with his parents and his need for attention.

"This young man doesn't feel like he's somebody," Mortillaro said.

Citing a Metro police report, KMSP-TV in Minneapolis reported the boy telling police he took a boarding pass from the floor and walked in with a family that looked like him.

"It just shows me that this young man will go to any lengths to say, ‘I'm hurting. I have problems. Please someone, pay attention to me,'" Mortillaro observed.

The boy remains at a secure facility in Las Vegas as of Friday. Clark County child protective services did not say when he would be returned home.

Meanwhile, the boy's father begged for help during appearances with news media in Minnesota. He said he was overwhelmed by his son's activities, and he stated the boy often did what he wanted.

Copyright 2013 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow
Fox 5
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, KVVU Broadcasting Corporation, Las Vegas, NV and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service..