Sunday Tribune

‘Balloon boy’ parents face criminal charges


DENVER: The mother of the six-year-old boy once feared missing inside a runaway helium balloon has admitted the whole saga was a hoax, according to court documents.

Mayumi Heene told sheriff ’s deputies that she and her husband Richard “knew all along that Falcon was hiding in the residence” in Fort Collins, according to an affidavit that was used to get a search warrant for the home.

She allegedly told investigat­ors the incident was a hoax meant to make the family more marketable to the media. Richard Heene has denied this. Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden has said he will recommend charges against the Heenes including conspiracy, contributi­ng to the delinquenc­y of a minor, making a false report to authoritie­s, and attempting to influence a public servant. – Sapa AP

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