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VIDEO: Balloon Boy's Parents Ready To Surrender If Charged

Oct. 19 2009, Published 5:00 a.m. ET

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The Denver-based attorney for Richard and Mayumi Heene, the parents of the 6-year-old boy mistakenly believed to have floated off to his doom in a helium balloon, said Monday that his clients are ready to surrender to authorities if they are  indeed charged with any felonies in connection with the alleged hoax.

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Attorney David Lane told the Today Show Monday the couple wants to avoid "the public spectacle and humiliation," and are willing to turn themselves in if the criminal case proceeds; he said arresting them in front of the kids would constitute "child abuse."

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Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden Sunday told reporters he will likely recommend felony charges against the Colorado couple.

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A worldwide audience watched Oct. 15, as the homemade helium balloon soared 7,000 feet over eastern Colorado for just under two hours; it was revealed during the dramatic incident that the boy's family had gained fame on the ABC reality show Wife Swap.

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