Sunday, October 18, 2009
Balloon Boy's Parents Willing to Turn Themselves In
The Heenes or as they are now known as "The Balloon Boy's Family" are now in deep doo doo.
No stranger to the world of media the family had appeared on the show Wife Swap twice. Recently Heene had pitched a reality show to the network months ago, but it passed on the offer.
The Heenes have said the balloon was supposed to be tethered to the ground when it lifted off, and no one was supposed to be aboard. A video of the launch shows the family counting down in unison, "3, 2, 1," before Richard Heene pulls a cord, setting the balloon into the air.
"Whoa!" one of the boys exclaims. Then his father says in disbelief, "Oh, my God!" He then says to someone, "You didn't put the (expletive) tether down!" and he kicks the wood frame that had held the balloon.
Falcon's brother said he saw him inside the compartment before it took off and that's why they thought he was in there when it launched. Heene said he had yelled at Falcon before the launch for getting inside.
After originally saying that they believed the family the local the Larimer County Sheriff's Office has changed their tune. They will now recommend charges of conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, false reporting to authorities, and attempting to influence a public servant against the Heenes.
No charges have been filed yet, and neither Richard or Mayumi Heene are under arrest. Some of the most serious charges each carry a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
Child Protective Services had also reportedly been asked to interview the Heene family and Alderden said they would "probably open an investigation."
He called the move to contact CPS 'standard' in cases involving children.
It seems almost unimaginable that a family would do such things to get fame but over the years we've heard of far worse. To quote David Bowie "Fame puts you there where things are hollow."