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UPDATE: Balloon Boy's Family Facing Charges

By jeannesager |

heene-familyCome on – you saw this coming, didn’t you? The parents of Balloon Boy (aka Falcon Heene – but Balloon Boy has such a better ring to it) will be facing charges.

This from the Sheriff who just the other day said the Heene’s emotions were real during the “ordeal” of watching their son float off in a weather balloon. Oh how the tables have turned.

People Magazine is reporting today that the Sheriff Jim Alberden says charges will “likely be filed” against either Richard or Mayumi Heene . . . or both. So to all of you who said “hoax!” give yourself a M&M or two.

The announcement comes after a series of weirdness that brought the hoax calls to a head: including the little boy announcing on CNN that he hid in the attic “for the show,” and Richard Heene’s refusal to ask the boy on-camera what he meant by that. Then came a home video, released by the Heene’s themselves, that shows Richard – NOT Falcon – releasing the balloon. The latter brought into question again why the boy would have hid out of fear of having done something wrong.

The charges being levied are misdemeanors – although there’s no word on whether the Heene’s could be made to make restitution for the manhours and money spent trying to located their supposedly missing child.

Did you call this one?

Image: People

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Jeanne Sager is a freelance writer and photographer living in upstate New York with her husband and daughter, Jillian. She maintains a blog of her award-winning columns at

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0 thoughts on “UPDATE: Balloon Boy's Family Facing Charges

  1. Lia says:

    Yep, called it. And I’ll say it again, thank goodness they didn’t actually put their son up in that balloon. They seem crazy enough to consider it.

  2. Knitty says:

    I hope they have to pay restitution to the family who lost their wheat crop when that silly balloon landed in the middle of the field and then all the emergency vehicles arrived.

    Lisa, I don’t think that balloon could have launched with the kid inside. It was barely able to support its own weight, let alone that of a child.

  3. [...] her husband, Richard Heene. But an ABC News article suggests that the mother at the center of the Balloon Boy hoax might be a little too devoted and raises the question of whether she may in fact be an abused [...]

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