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A petition was filed in Hennepin County Juvenile Court on Friday that starts a juvenile court proceeding for the 9-year-old Minneapolis boy who slipped unnoticed without a boarding pass onto a flight to Las Vegas.

The Child in Need of Protection or Services, or CHIPS, petition amounts to a legal basis for the county's Child Protection intervention in the case, the Star Tribune reports.

A child protection investigation continues, according to a press release from the Hennepin County Attorney's office Friday.

The release notes that CHIPS cases typically "involve formulating a plan that evaluates the issues presented, identifying services to be made available to the parents and child to address those issues and providing a social worker to support the family and oversee continuing case management."

The boy had been expected back on Friday, but it was not clear if that return was still scheduled. When he returns, a court hearing in the case will be scheduled, the Star Tribune reports.

The boy on Oct. 3 managed to get through security checkpoints at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and then slip by gate officials onto the Delta flight. The flight crew during the trip became suspicious and he was taken into custody in Las Vegas.

KARE 11 reports that it wasn't his first run in with security officials at the airport. Sources told KARE 11 that the boy had been stopped the previous day by a security official at checkpoint 4, while hauling a suitcase.

The troubled boy was in court in Nevada earlier in the week, where a judge said that in cases like this, children are typically transported back to their home states for further proceedings.

The boy's unidentified father made a tearful plea for help at a press conference this week, saying that the boy was out of control and had become too much for him to handle. The father has said he loves his son and is not giving up on him. “He’s not a terrorist. He’s a 9-year-old child,” the father said. KSTP has more background on the boy's troubled past.

Two days before the airport scheme last week, the 9-year-old stole a commercial truck from a Minneapolis business and took a 9-mile joyride.

Delta Airlines and the Transportation Security Administration continue to investigate how the boy made it through multiple checkpoints with no adult and without a boarding pass.

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