TODAY   |  October 10, 2013

Father of 9-year-old stowaway: I’m not perfect

The father of the 9-year-old boy who snuck onto a flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas is pleading for help as news emerges that the son stole and crashed a delivery truck two days before. The young boy is finishing a week under the custody of child protective services, and the father is concerned about what to do when he’s back under his control. NBC’s John Yang reports.

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>> the latest on that 9-year-old stow away who got past airport security from minneapolis to las vegas . his father says he tried repeatedly to get help for him. fbc's john yang is at minneapolis airport . good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, matt. this morning, the father does want to keep his and his son's identity a secret. he also desperately wants to get help copeing with his son's behavior. a hooded sweatshirt and baseball cap may have hidden the face of the 9-year-old's father, but nothing could hide his frustration.

>> will somebody help me, please?

>> reporter: two days before getting on a flight to las vegas , his 9-year-old son stole a delivery truck, slamming into a parked suv and crashing into a police car , all on suspension from school for fighting.

>> they said he was a minor. they couldn't do nothing because he was a minor. so i'm asking for help.

>> reporter: child protective services have been locking in on the boy since december but hasn't taken any action. psychotherapist adrian schroetter was a social worker in new york city .

>> probably at his wits end. a lot of times he is set up for crisis. many parents saw that same story, they say, that's my child. i know how he feels.

>> reporter: in las vegas the boy is ending a full week in child protective services . a nevada family law attorney says that's likely because of his history.

>> i think they are going to investigate in minneapolis to make sure it's a protective environment and that he's saved.

>> reporter: meanwhile, his father admitting once the boy arrives hope, he'sed a his wits end at what to do next.

>> they're talking double jeopardy , with my son i get locked up. if i let my son keep on doing what he's doing, i get in trouble. i'm a parent. i'm not perfect.

>> reporter: a family spokesman says authorities here have told him they expect the boy to be returned to minneapolis as soon as friday and that they expect he nodes to be reunited with his parents. matt.

>> all right. john yang in minneapolis . thanks very much.