Balloon Boy Hoax

A Colorado judge sentences balloon boy's parents to four years probation, bans them from receiving money from media regarding the hoax; father faces 90 days in jail, while mother gets 30 days

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    Balloon Boy Hoax

    Dec. 23: Richard and Mayumi Heene leave court after sentencing on in Fort Collins, Colorado. (Source: AP)
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    Balloon Boy Hoax

    Dec. 23: Richard Heene apologizes to the judge for the balloon boy incident before sentencing. (Source: AP)
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    Balloon Boy Hoax

    Dec. 23: Richard Heene talks with his attorney David Lane before he and his wife Mayumi are sentenced. (Source: AP)
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    Balloon Boy Hoax

    Dec. 23: Richard Heene rubs his mouth as a judge sentences him to 90 days jail time and 4 years probation. (Source: AP)
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    Balloon Boy Hoax

    Dec. 23: Richard Heene looks up as he sits in the courtroom with his wife Mayumi and attorney David Lane before he and his wife are sentenced. (Source: AP)
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    In Court

    Nov. 13: Richard Heene were to appears in court.  Heene and his wife Mayumi are accused of pulling a spectacular hoax by reporting their son was aboard a runaway balloon.
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    In Court

    Nov. 13: Richard Heene were to appears in court.  Heene and his wife Mayumi are accused of pulling a spectacular hoax by reporting their son was aboard a runaway balloon.
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    In Court

    Nov. 13: Richard Heene were to appears in court.  Heene and his wife Mayumi are accused of pulling a spectacular hoax by reporting their son was aboard a runaway balloon.
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    Balloon Boy Dad

    Nov. 12: Booking mug shot provided by the Larimer County Sheriff's Office shows Richard Heene. The Colorado parents who reported their 6-year-old son floated away aboard a helium balloon will plead guilty to some charges so that the family can stay together, the attorney for the boy's father said Thursday. 
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    Balloon Boy Parents

    November 12: Richard and Mayumi Heene arrive at their home in Fort Collins, Colo. after making bond on charges against them from the balloon boy hoax. 
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    Life After Balloon

    Oct. 19: Richard Heene is pictured with son Ryo as the family arrives at their home after a short shopping trip in Fort Collins, Colo.
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    Life After Balloon

    Oct. 18: Richard Heene, left, leads his sons Falcon, center, and Ryo out of their home in Fort Collins,, Colo.
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    Life After Balloon

    Oct. 18: Mayumi Heene, front, and her son, Ryo, 9, return to the family's home in Fort Collins,, Colo., late.
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    Evidence

    Oct. 18: The framework used to launch a balloon stands in the backyard of the home of Richard and Mayumi Heene in Fort Collins,, Colo.
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    Evidence at Sheriff's Department

    Officials from the Larimer County Sheriff's Department collected and photographed evidence from the Heene family's Colorado home. (Source: Larimer County Sheriff's Department)
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    Evidence at Sheriff's Department

    Officials from the Larimer County Sheriff's Department collected and photographed evidence from the Heene family's Colorado home. (Source: Larimer County Sheriff's Department)
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    Joyful Boy

    Falcon Heene slides off the roof of his family's van outside their home in Fort Collins, Colo. after he was found hiding in a box in a space above the garage. 
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    A Happy Mother

    Falcon Heene is hugged by his mother, Mayumi.
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    Son and Dad Reunited

    Falcon Heene is held by his father, Richard, outside his family's home in Colorado.   
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    'Wife Swap' Family

    The 6-year-old boy who was thought to be in a mylar balloon speeding high across Colorado Thursday was on the ABC series 'Wife Swap,' according to multiple reports. READ MORE >>
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    Balloon_Lands3

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Balloon_Lands2

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Balloon_Lands

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Balloon_Lands8

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Balloon_Lands7

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Balloon_Lands6

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Balloon_Lands5

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Balloon_Lands4

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Floating Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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    Runaway Balloon

    A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said. The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside. The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family first appeared on the ABC series "Wife Swap" on Oct. 3, 2008 and was then voted back for the 100th episode of the show, which aired on March 13, 2009.
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