Awful: Six-year-old trapped in runaway balloon; Update: Boy safe at home, found … in the attic

posted at 3:16 pm on October 15, 2009 by Allahpundit

The news nets are covering it wall-to-wall, which is a fait accompli under the mindblowingly sensational circumstances — child in peril inside pilotless homemade UFO!!11! — but still … sickening. Even if this ends well, the kid’s surely terrified, freezing, and fighting for air at that altitude. Unless and until they figure out how to get someone up there to save him, which seems unlikely given the clip at which the balloon is moving, there’s no reason to film it except to have the cameras rolling when it crashes. Here’s a live video feed if you’re curious. I’m going to stick with print media on this one.

I’ll update the post when something happens.

Update: The Beeb makes this officially an international news story. Looks like the Denver Post is your best bet for coverage, though:

The incident started this morning in Fort Collins when the boy got into the balloon-like device built by his father and it came loose from a tether.

9News has confirmed the balloon belongs to Richard Heene, whose son, Falcon, is on board…

Richard Heene is an amateur scientist based out of Fort Collins. He and his partners call themselves the “psyience detectives.”

Heene is a storm chaser who collects data to prove that rotating storms create their own magnetic fields.

There’s some question about whether the kid’s still in the balloon or not.

Update: Somehow, a bizarre story becomes even more bizarre: The Heene family once appeared on the reality show “Wife Swap.”

Update: The balloon is on the ground at 3:35 p.m. in one piece. Waiting now. The balloon itself is much smaller than it looked in the air. Frankly, I wonder if the kid could even fit in the small basket part of it or if he was bouncing around inside the balloon itself.

Update: The balloon’s empty. Good news or bad news?

Update: If he fell out, it had to happen shortly after takeoff, before the news channels were filming it. Which means, whatever his condition, he must be somewhere in the area around his home, no?

The cops say they’re sure he was inside at one point, so the “he never climbed in to begin with” theory is looking bleak.

Update: More info: Apparently the eyewitness who saw him float away was his brother. Commenters are speculating that that maybe the kid accidentally untied the balloon and ran away for fear of being punished, but if so, then his brother’s covering for him for an awfully long time amid a lot of police and parental pressure.

Update: Unless the cops are complete idiots, they wouldn’t have readily bought the brother’s story without a good reason to. The kid must have been completely, palpably freaked out when he described what happened.

Update: Conflicting rumors on Twitter at 4:20 ET: Someone says they’re searching a farm where an eyewitness spotted something falling, someone else says a local sheriff’s department now thinks he might have never been in the balloon.

Update: Caleb Howe cites a neighbor of the Heene’s as saying the boys were on the roof with a camera when the balloon went up. Which way does that cut? And was the balloon even big enough to lift a six-year-old into the air? It was 20 feet across with a five-foot basket.

Update: I didn’t hear it myself, but apparently a sheriff’s spokesman told Cavuto that someone took a still photo of “something dark” falling from the balloon shortly after takeoff.

Update: No wonder they think the kid was inside. Evidently there was a flimsy plywood box attached to the bottom of the balloon — and it’s missing too.

Authorities are searching for a box that was attached to the bottom of an experimental aircraft that took off from a Fort Collins home with a 6-year-old boy inside on Thursday morning…

Police say there are pegs on the bottom of the aircraft that indicate that a box was attached at some point.

Update: Any math/physics majors want to take a shot at calculating whether a 20-foot helium balloon could even lift a, say, 45-pound kid?

Update: Yeah, according to the sheriff, he was in the now-missing box.

Update: A sheriff’s deputy thought he saw “something” fall.

Update: The Denver Post’s got a photo of the falling object. More:

Bob Licko, 65, a neighbor, said he was leaving home when he heard commotion in the backyard.

He said he saw two boys on the roof with a camera, commenting about their brother.

“One of the boys yelled to me that his brother was way up in the air,” Licko said.

Licko said the boys’ mother seemed distraught and that the boys’ father was running around the house.

Update: You’ve got to be kidding: Cops now say there was no box/basket attached to the balloon in the first place.

While authorities search for a 6-year-old boy who was believed to be inside an experimental aircraft when it lifted off, investigators now say there was no basket on the balloon when it took off from his Fort Collins home.
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The boy’s brother had told authorities the 6-year-old was in the aircraft when it lifted off.

We’re reaching D.B. Cooper levels of mystery here. If there was nothing attached to the box, then either this is a hoax or the kid got pulled up while holding one of the tethers and then let go at some point. If it is a hoax, he’s been hiding out an awfully long time now, no?

Update: Waiting for details, but NBC says the kid is home and perfectly okay.

Update: You’ve got to be kidding. Some prank.

Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden told media in Fort Collins that the 6-year-old boy thought to be missing in a balloon craft has been found alive at his home.

“He was found in a box in the attic above the garage,” Alderden said.

The sheriff indicated he did not think Falcon Heene’s parents knew the boy was there; “They thought he was missing,” he said.

Falcon’s 9-year-old brother told investigator and his parents, Richard and Mayumi Heeme, that Falcon was in the “homemade flying saucer” when it went up.

Imagine if they’d sent the National Guard up there to try to rescue him and a Guardsman fell to his death. Million-dollar exit question: The cops didn’t think to check every room on the property before kicking off an international media frenzy?

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Boy in Balloon is now Bow in Box.

Not as exciting.

Still dubious as hell at being a hoax. Why did the kids have a camera?

Especially when this bit comes into part:

In listing information on the Heene family, ABC’s “Wife Swap” Web site described them as “When the Heene family aren’t chasing storms, they devote their time to scientific experiments that include looking for extraterrestrials and building a research-gathering flying saucer to send into the eye of the storm.”

Were they planning a fake UFO video? The balloon wouldn’t have bee filled with gas if it wasn’t going to be used.

Enoxo on October 15, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Found! Thank you God!

katy the mean old lady on October 15, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Oh, Thank God. Hug Falcon and then spank his little butt.

OmahaConservative on October 15, 2009 at 6:11 PM

The son of Rage and Love.

Make sure that its love first. You have the order correct.

Then throw in another hug for your own benefit after the spanking.

juanito on October 15, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Oh, Thank God. Hug Falcon and then spank his little butt.

OmahaConservative on October 15, 2009 at 6:11 PM

It’s going to be quite a line. He needs a ass beating from every adult he worried the crap out of, and by now there are millions.

DFCtomm on October 15, 2009 at 6:15 PM

And the moral is– when they ask you where in the Constitution you find the Air Force: 9th Amendment.

Chris_Balsz on October 15, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Dam…. and I had just figured out how to disproove he was ever onboard…

Based on the Altitude it launched from, altitude it climbed to (where lift equaled weight)…

Kid could never have been onboard…

Romeo13 on October 15, 2009 at 6:15 PM

he was hiding in a box in the garage according to cnn

so too soon for a “SIMPSONS DID IT! SIMPSONS DID IT”??

espn is evil on October 15, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Dire Straits on October 15, 2009 at 6:13 PM

I am pretty sure we all have suffered enough and learned valuable lessons. Like I said, I can forgive a lot for a safe baby boy.

Cindy Munford on October 15, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Glad he’s safe…

More glad my instincts were right. FAKE.

tickleddragon on October 15, 2009 at 6:15 PM

So who gets the spanking, the kids or the parents?

SouperConservative on October 15, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Both. This is what happens when you don’t discipline your children. The parents need a big old bill for all the trouble and an apology…..NO INTERVIEWS, NO OPRAH, NO NOTHING-EXCEPT THE BILL FROM THE COUNTY.

HornetSting on October 15, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Hahaha catching that CNN was running that he fell out of the balloon as fact makes it all the better.

Who takes the word of a dumb little 9 year old as fact?

I think the Nobel Prize for Crime Solving should go to the Hot Air Crime Squad (We can make a Nobel Prize of that right?)

Rbastid on October 15, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Wait until the parents get the bill for S&R. There goes someone’s college tuition!

Blake on October 15, 2009 at 6:15 PM

I’m glad the kid is alive. Now he can grow up a proper citizen and do all the right things and pay taxes knowing that he caused a Guiness Book Shitestir when he was but a wee lad.

HondaV65 on October 15, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Okay, I think I can put my mind back on work now. Thank God! And now I’m reminded more than ever of “12 Monkeys”.

He needs a ass beating from every adult he worried the crap out of, and by now there are millions.

DFCtomm on October 15, 2009 at 6:15 PM

ROFL!

Mary in LA on October 15, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Clearly, this kid deserves the nobel prize for physics.

lorien1973 on October 15, 2009 at 6:16 PM

The boy was found? Good. I bet the folks have to pay some money for all this, if that kid has really been found.

Terrye on October 15, 2009 at 6:16 PM

“Hey Falcon?… Do you remember the day…………”

heh,heh,heh

franksalterego on October 15, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Yeah! Now, the parents need a bill from the authorities involved, and the three little angels need some hugs followed by an ass beating later tonight.

DFCtomm on October 15, 2009 at 6:12 PM

No way!! Send a bill to McChimpy Bush, this is all his fault. If it wasn’t for global warming, which Bush also caused, dad would have never been so interested in the weather and would have never built that balloon out of materials he purchased from Halliburton.

BigWyo on October 15, 2009 at 6:17 PM

OTHER BREAKING NEWS: O.J. Simpson attempting to escape from Los Angeles police in a white Cadillac.

Jimbo3 on October 15, 2009 at 6:17 PM

It was clear to me from the first second I saw that stupid balloon that there was no way it could lift a kid. You people need to start watching Mythbusters.

bilups on October 15, 2009 at 6:17 PM

I smell another Mooninite scam.

(I hope the worst is not true.)

omnipotent on October 15, 2009 at 4:46 PM

I called HOAX an hour and a half ago.

(Yes, I AM great……thank you!!)

omnipotent on October 15, 2009 at 6:17 PM

All of America to Falcon:

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!!! WE WERE WORRIED SICK ABOUT YOU!! DON’T EVER EVER EVER DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT AGAIN!!!! YOUNG MAN, YOU ARE GROUNDED FOR A YEAR!!!

(all of America sends Falcon to his room, gets calmed down, goes up to his room and gives him a hug…)

ZenDraken on October 15, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Kid could never have been onboard…

I think that was apparent early on, but a lot of people wasted a lot of fretting and emotional soap-box blabbering.

My question still stands, is this near South Park, and is Icarus really “Ike” and Stan and Kyle were on the roof filming?

reaganaut on October 15, 2009 at 6:17 PM

HondaV65 on October 15, 2009 at 6:16 PM

It might have been his nine year old brother…

dogsoldier on October 15, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Found! Thank you God!

katy the mean old concerned loving lady on October 15, 2009 at 6:14 PM

fify.
You have conducted yourself above reproach and showed prayerful and loving maternal concern all throughout this thread. Thank you.

OmahaConservative on October 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

omnipotent on October 15, 2009 at 6:17 PM

I made the first joke! At like comment #10!

lorien1973 on October 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Physics FTW!

Some of us knew all along.

Science. It works, b!tches.

exception on October 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Ok, now I can safely say it again:

“Yo #balloonboy, I’m happy for you & Imma let you finish, but Russell from “Up” was the best balloon boy of all time! Of all time!”

– Kanye West

Eschelon on October 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

We can only hope that he’s ok.

McBaine on October 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Wait until the parents get the bill for S&R. There goes someone’s college tuition!

Blake on October 15, 2009 at 6:15 PM

That’ll be easy enough to pay when TLC gives them their own reality show.

Ugly on October 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Years ago, a child could be put on a horse and trampled to death…it is so tragic to lose a child, and all the “monday morning quarterbacking” won’t help.
Every child, who has ever really “lived”, has placed themselves in a life threatening situation.
Whether it is climbing a tree, crossing a river, climbing a wall, or just riding a bike…they have all contributed to death.
The only way to keep a child safe is too encase him in plastic and never let him out.

right2bright on October 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Now that he’s ok, whoever made the Kayne quote is the thread winner.

sammypants on October 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Boy found safe and sound, thank God.

A switch for him, maybe, but now I want to know why that helium filled balloon was left unattended.

The damn could’ve endangered aircraft in the area, and you don’t let kids near those things unsupervised.

TXUS on October 15, 2009 at 6:19 PM

‘Balloon Boy’ found alive, was never inside inside balloon

inside inside [sic]

Looks like someone at Fox was typing really fast or has come down with a case of Whoopi syndrome.

Mary in LA on October 15, 2009 at 6:19 PM

What’s really bad is that they’ll get on the Tonight Show about this. And probably make money from being a bunch of negligent parents.

lorien1973 on October 15, 2009 at 6:19 PM

No kidding. This entire thing went on for far too long seeing as how the kid was hiding in the garage attic the whole time.

I guess my understanding of a “thorough search” of the premises and the local authorities/press’s are two different things.

JoeinTX on October 15, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Story kept changing…big tip off.

1) Sheriff says they are *sure* kid was in balloon. Find out source is little kid’s brother…then says not sure kid is in balloon. No kid found in balloon.

2) Then there’s a basket…picture produced to show something seems to be falling from balloon…then Sheriff says no basket. Then posits kid somehow got into the balloon.

Ah well. It smelled bad and it was bad.

AUINSC on October 15, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Next time they go on Wife Swap mebbe they can get a mom that knows how to beat that ass…..

BigWyo on October 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Well… you know… this COULD have been caused by global warming…

Gases expand as they get warmer… so this thing may have not gotten off the ground if it was COLDER!

I’m sure ManBearPig would agree…

Romeo13 on October 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

The kid hid for seven hours in the attic. He got a ladder, climbed up, somehow put the ladder away. Yeah, right! More likely the parents hid him there.

If anyone does not believe this was a hoax, you are awfully gullible. What new reality show does the family want to be on?

Gabe on October 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Oh, Thank God. Hug Falcon and then spank his little butt.

OmahaConservative on October 15, 2009 at 6:11 PM

No kidding.

Terrye on October 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Dire Straits on October 15, 2009 at 6:13 PM
I am pretty sure we all have suffered enough and learned valuable lessons. Like I said, I can forgive a lot for a safe baby boy.

Cindy Munford on October 15, 2009 at 6:15 PM

You are correct. But my mother would have not seen it that way. I would have got my butt spanked.

Dire Straits on October 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Called it.

I hope the kid’s buttcheeks are sore for weeks.

…though I really, really want to know the parent’s role in this. This was a pretty elaborate prank, involving a kid whose middle name would have made the event stupendously poignant. I don’t think he thought this up himself.

MadisonConservative on October 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Physics FTW!

Some of us knew all along.

Science. It works, b!tches.

exception on October 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

I didn’t see a comment, but they were coming fast and furious, that conclusively proved that the balloon couldn’t life the boy, and that’s what it would have taken to ease concerns.

DFCtomm on October 15, 2009 at 6:21 PM

The only way to keep a child safe is too encase him in plastic and never let him out.

right2bright on October 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Or at least not give him ready-to-go expirimental aircraft.

Not all risks in growing up are the same.

exception on October 15, 2009 at 6:21 PM

All the news channels should pay the parents…I can bet that is the highest rating they have had in months…

right2bright on October 15, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Gabe on October 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

I’m tellin you, it was the older brother. But I am not admitting how I might suspect that!

dogsoldier on October 15, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Thank God he is safe. If you have ever buried a child, you know that lots of stupidity can be forgiven.

GoodBoy on October 15, 2009 at 6:21 PM

DFCtomm on October 15, 2009 at 6:21 PM

No one knew the exact dimensions of the thing. Common sense tells you it’s not possible.

lorien1973 on October 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Reminds me of the story of LawnChairLarry

CWforFreedom on October 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Gabe on October 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Who wants to stone Unfit Parents? is gonna be on NBC this fall I think.

Rbastid on October 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM

The kid hid for seven hours in the attic. He got a ladder, climbed up, somehow put the ladder away. Yeah, right! More likely the parents hid him there.

If anyone does not believe this was a hoax, you are awfully gullible. What new reality show does the family want to be on?

Gabe on October 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

I am not so sure about that. It could be true, but then the parents may be on the hook for the money for the search too. I think that if it was a hoax, it was more likely a prank played by the boys and it got out of hand.

Terrye on October 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM

What would have really topped it off would have been if the kid jumped out of his attic and did his best nelson laugh –

HAA haa!!!

WWS on October 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM

I made the first joke! At like comment #10!

lorien1973 on October 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

And we’re all very proud of you.

j/k, good instincts bro!

omnipotent on October 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM

This reminds me of when, as a teenager I worked at a Boy Scout camp. Whenever there was a lost camper, the first thing for the staff to do was look in his tent. 99% of the time he was there on his cot. Asleep.

rihar on October 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM

The cops didn’t think to check every room on the property before kicking off an international media frenzy?

Apparently not.

AUINSC on October 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM

The only way to keep a child safe is too encase him in plastic and never let him out.

right2bright on October 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Then there would be a lot less talking back…

Which is a problem with my 8 year old right now.

But you are correct – got let them learn from doing. I do hover, but only to pick up the pieces.

juanito on October 15, 2009 at 6:23 PM

So, I can crack jokes again without getting yelled at?

lorien1973 on October 15, 2009 at 6:10 PM

yes

CWforFreedom on October 15, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Or at least not give him ready-to-go expirimental aircraft.

Not all risks in growing up are the same.

exception on October 15, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Don’t be stupid…it wasn’t an “experimental aircraft” it was a weather balloon, and a kid could have been curious and climbed in.
I have known kids to climb into a car and release the breaks…and you can bet a hundred years ago, a kid climbing on a horse to ride, or jumping from boulder to boulder trying to cross the river the parents said don’t cross.
Keep it in perspective…

right2bright on October 15, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Metaphor time!

Balloon = Porkulus
Fictional Box = jobs saved/created
Boy = Obama

Ponz on October 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM

I didn’t see a comment, but they were coming fast and furious, that conclusively proved that the balloon couldn’t life the boy, and that’s what it would have taken to ease concerns.

DFCtomm on October 15, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Check the thread; a lot of us were eased. Even generous calculations of lift weren’t going to have this craft lifting itself, a boy, and a plywood box.

exception on October 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM

I knew that it was a hoax from the very beginning but I didn’t want to ruin the high drama for HotAir readers. :)

Its been a weird day all around. We were SUPPOSED to have an earth quake drill here in CA at 10:30am. I waited and waited and nothing happened. The ground didn’t shake at all. Nothing rattled. I crawled under my desk for nothing. :)

Geochelone on October 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Wow, relieved and really ANGRY.

Amadeus on October 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Falcon & family will probably be the toasts of the morning shows tomorrow. He deserves a good spanking instead.

OmahaConservative on October 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Not all risks in growing up are the same.

exception on October 15, 2009 at 6:21 PM

I bet more kids die running out in traffic, than die in experimental aircraft.

Terrye on October 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM

If balloonboy was mine, he would be getting a serious freaking spanking right now.

It reminds me of the time my sister moved into a new neighborhood and the first week there, my 6 yo nephew went missing. She called 911 and 16 police cruisers showed up…kid comes walking up, saw all the police and hightailed it inside, while my sister lost her shit screaming at him. So one of the officers said he would go inside and speak to him (while the others calmed my sis down)….officer found the kid hiding in his closet under a pile of clothes.

I have to say, he is 9 now and he has NEVER gone into a neighbors home without letting his mom know since this incident. I think seeing 16 police cruisers in front of his house left an impression.

ramrants on October 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

And now that the little fellow is known to be safe and sound, I would like to extend to him my sincere thanks for doing such a sterling job of upstaging our president’s latest celebrity photo op.

Mary in LA on October 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

What would have really topped it off would have been if the kid jumped out of his attic and did his best nelson laugh –

HAA haa!!!

WWS on October 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Here you go…

juanito on October 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

The cops didn’t think to check every room on the property before kicking off an international media frenzy?

The authorities said they checked every square inch in possible in the house on where he could be.

Now the question is, what’s the access like to the attic? Is it possible for a 6-year-old kid to do it by themself? If not, then it was a hoax.

Enoxo on October 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

I’m relieved this boy is ok, and proof again, that God does answer prayers. But if this was a prank, or hoax, God help them.

capejasmine on October 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

How much you want to bet that if the authorities were looking for pot on the property, they would’ve found it inside of five minutes…
.
RWG (but I guess a kid isn’t important enough for them to call in the dogs, eh?)

RWG on October 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

Pitch forks.

El_Terrible on October 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

So, I can crack jokes again without getting yelled at?

lorien1973 on October 15, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Yes, you may.

And let me say, that now that he’s been found I alive, I hope the parents kill that little brat …

PackerBronco on October 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

The cops didn’t think to check every room on the property before kicking off an international media frenzy?

Apparently not.

AUINSC on October 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Obama: “The cops acted stupidly…”

RedbonePro on October 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

To the moon, falcon!

lorien1973 on October 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

BREAKING ON CNN:

Boy found in attic…

Huge spank planned…

IntheNet on October 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

No one knew the exact dimensions of the thing. Common sense tells you it’s not possible.

lorien1973 on October 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM

The lowest comment I saw had the calculation down to 70 pounds and I have a 7 year old nephew that doesn’t weight 70 pounds, so concern was still there. I did feel that the rate of climb was too great for borderline lift, but he was up for 2 hours. Anyway, it doesn’t matter now.

DFCtomm on October 15, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Check the thread; a lot of us were eased. Even generous calculations of lift weren’t going to have this craft lifting itself, a boy, and a plywood box.

exception on October 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Obviously most folks here have never lifted a sheet of plywood before (or taken a math or science class).

omnipotent on October 15, 2009 at 6:26 PM

For those who have no children this age and who can’t *imagine* your child doing something like not being found or whatever… I am a stay-at-home mom. I lost my little 4-year-old at my house for 1 and 1/2 hours. It took me 40 minutes to call the police because we have a large house, yard, and 6 acres attached. I kept thinking I would find him–he had to be somewhere, right? He and I were folding laundry on the living room floor, he walked out of the room, and it was 10 minutes before I realized he hadn’t come back. The dispatcher couldn’t believe I had waited 40 minutes to call. Within 5 minutes of placing the call, the sheriff was here, within 10 I had 5 sheriff cars, and about 10 policemen combing the area–my backyard, the streets, the other six acres. I was freaking out!

The sheriff told me to go inside the house and make a room to room search of EVERYTHING (including inside the dryer and freezer). That was the LONGEST search of my life. I had been calling his name for over an hour and NOTHING. I had searched his bedroom, every closet, the attic, everywhere I could think of. Then I went into my bedroom, which is rather dark even in the middle of the afternoon. That’s when I found him. He had climbed into my bed, under the covers and pulled them up over his head–and fallen asleep.

Please, PLEASE don’t blame the parents for this. Little kids do strange things that we can’t account for. Most of the time, we get back on track quickly, and no one ever thinks twice about it. Sometimes, it gets everyone into freak out mode–as it should.

As a mother who has had to walk out to a police car wondering, “Am I acting ‘right’? Are they going to think I did something?” I implore you to not pass judgment, and to pray with everything in you that something like this never happens to you. It is absolutely the WORST feeling imaginable.

Oh, and for those who say they were participating in something dangerous… are you all willing to give up not being wrapped in bubble wrap when you have kids? No power tools, no cars, no “fun” things–like RV’s and ATV’s? Unfortunately, kids get hurt and killed with these also.

UnderstandingisPower on October 15, 2009 at 6:26 PM

I bet more kids die running out in traffic, than die in experimental aircraft.

Terrye on October 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM

And like a gun, things that may be interesting, but dangerous for children should be locked away.

HornetSting on October 15, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Falcon & family will probably be the toasts of the morning shows tomorrow. He deserves a good spanking instead.

OmahaConservative on October 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Hence why I say this is a joke… they want back in the limelight. They had it when they were on the reality show Wife Swap–clearly they’re craving for it again enough to create a hoax.

Enoxo on October 15, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Someone on Twitter just said, “Hide and Seek Champion of the World”

profgubler on October 15, 2009 at 6:26 PM

I was waiting for Biden to give the order to shoot it down.

This was obviously fake but I have to admit that when I first heard about a box being tied to it I thought maybe he was pulled for a little ride and now lay on the ground somehwere with a broken bone or two. As time dragged on, that became less of a possibility.

Glad he is ok, but please NO interviews or further publicity. All that will do is reward bad behavior.

Daemonocracy on October 15, 2009 at 6:26 PM

How much you want to bet that if the authorities were looking for pot on the property, they would’ve found it inside of five minutes…

.

Yeah, but that’s because it’s much easier to drop a bag of pot on the premises than to drop a kid.

PackerBronco on October 15, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Its been a weird day all around. We were SUPPOSED to have an earth quake drill here in CA at 10:30am. I waited and waited and nothing happened. The ground didn’t shake at all. Nothing rattled. I crawled under my desk for nothing. :)

Geochelone on October 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Budegt Crisis. Not enough dough for the drill. Sorry.

juanito on October 15, 2009 at 6:26 PM

I bet more kids die running out in traffic, than die in experimental aircraft.

Terrye on October 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Yes, traffic is not something parents have complete control over. They had 100% control over this. Foolproof safeguards would have been trivial. It would have been easy to make it impossible to fly accidentally.

exception on October 15, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Huge spank planned…

IntheNet on October 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

We’re in a different era. They’ll probably try to reason with the kid and give him a present as a result.

El_Terrible on October 15, 2009 at 6:27 PM

They charge money for calling 911 as a prank if the first responders actually get sent out.

Imagine the bill for this mess.

TexasDan on October 15, 2009 at 6:27 PM

And now that the little fellow is known to be safe and sound, I would like to extend to him my sincere thanks for doing such a sterling job of upstaging our president’s latest celebrity photo op.

Mary in LA on October 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

LOL! You and me both, but they seem like Obama supporters—wife swap and all that crap…

OmahaConservative on October 15, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Those parents are famewhores. I knew this was BS when I first heard of it and saw the 100 updates. Then I heard about the reality show. Then I saw the music video where the kid is dressed up as a turd and calls his mother a pussy. They named him “Falcon”. Too bad the lame Icarus remake wasn’t a Darwin award.

alliebobbitt on October 15, 2009 at 6:27 PM

I do hover, but only to pick up the pieces.

juanito on October 15, 2009 at 6:23 PM

That’s about all you can do…and that is a funny line.
I laugh (and cry) at the bus stations where the kids stand to ride a bus.
Years ago, the kid stood there and waited, now there is a line of parents waiting in a car for the bus…independence has passed away, which I guess is why the government is so important to some.
The reason for the parent there “I don’t want anything to happen to my kid”.
As if a kid at a bus station is in any less danger then driving with there parent any day on the highway.
I assure you, more kids have died and been harmed in pools, on a bike, or in a car, then ever waiting for a school bus.

right2bright on October 15, 2009 at 6:27 PM

I bet more kids die running out in traffic, than die in experimental aircraft.

Terrye on October 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Normalize the data based on homes which possess loosely tethered experimental aircraft with easy child access, and get back to us with your predicitons.

TexasDan on October 15, 2009 at 6:28 PM

I bet more kids die running out in traffic, than die in experimental aircraft.

Terrye on October 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM

I know when I was growing up, we didn’t have a street in front of every house and every one had an experimental aircraft in the back yard.

BigWyo on October 15, 2009 at 6:28 PM

Obama: “The cops acted stupidly…”

RedbonePro on October 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

Unless the cops are complete idiots, they wouldn’t have readily bought the brother’s story without a good reason to. The kid must have been completely, palpably freaked out when he described what happened.

From our fearless leader, Allah. See, one way or the other, the cops are always at fault and get blamed.
Not this time. They did their jobs and the child is safe.

HornetSting on October 15, 2009 at 6:28 PM

Just ask Jamie and Adam how many balloons it takes to lift someone in a lawn chair.

TexAz on October 15, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Busted.

TexAz on October 15, 2009 at 6:30 PM

I’m tellin you, it was the older brother. But I am not admitting how I might suspect that!

dogsoldier on October 15, 2009 at 6:21 PM

I bet you’re right. Could be a prank gone awfully wrong: Let’s untie the weather balloon, hide little brother in the attic, and tell Mom and Dad he flew off.

Gabe on October 15, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Called it.

MadisonConservative on October 15, 2009 at 6:20 P

I introduce you to your first comment:

“Supposedly the balloon is dropping altitude, so it seems likely that its coming down is not an issue…it’s a question of where, and how hard.

Additionally, reports indicated that the boy was toting a stuffed tiger with him.

MadisonConservative on October 15, 2009 at 3:30 PM”

You freakin nailed it.

BadgerHawk on October 15, 2009 at 6:30 PM

This reminds me of something I did as a kid, although obviously not on as big a level…I still scared the hell out of my mom though.

Emily M. on October 15, 2009 at 6:30 PM

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