Richard Heene will plead guilty to the most serious charges in the balloon boy hoax to ensure that there is no chance his wife, Mayumi, will be deported to Japan, the family's lawyer says.
Parents' quest for reality-TV fame, from 'Jon & Kate' to balloon boy story, can be damaging to their children, say media watchdogs and child advocates.
Local sheriff says the whole thing was a hoax to gain publicity and four charges in the 'balloon boy' incident are coming.
Balloon boy charges will be filed soon, according to Colorado officials. Richard Heene, the father of the balloon boy, will be charged with at least a count of falsifying a report.
The National Guard deployed helicopters and Denver airport delayed flights thinking Falcon Heene was in a runaway balloon. He was safe at home the whole time, but many questions remain unanswered.