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World – Balloonboy affair a hoax

Ewen MacAskill

The parents of a six-year-old boy who sparked a 50-mile chase by U.S. emergency services across Colorado after an escaped hot air balloon are facing criminal charges, after the Sheriff’s department said on Sunday the affair had been a hoax aimed at securing a television reality show deal.

The charges carry prison sentences of two to six years and fines of up to $5,00,000.

The saga began on Thursday when a homemade helium balloon was spotted in the sky and rescue services were scrambled, amid fears that the Heenes’ son Falcon was aboard. After hours of live television coverage, Falcon, who had been hiding in an attic, was found.

The event had been planned for two weeks, the police said. Police believed the parents were genuinely fearful for their child, but they subsequently learned the couple met at acting school. The police became suspicious when Falcon said on CNN that he had hidden for a “show”. The four possible charges are: conspiracy, improperly influencing police officer, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and falsifying a report. The couple could also face a bill for the cost of the rescue services. — © Guardian Newspapers Limited, 2009

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October 20, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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