Balloon Boy Family: "We Are Tired"

Celebrity News Oct. 19, 2009 AT 1:09PM
Balloon Boy Family: "We Are Tired" Credit: AP Photo/Will Powers; ABC

The Heenes are taking a time out.

Presumably exhausted by nonstop press appearances since Thursday afternoon, the family behind the "balloon boy" scandal posted a handwritten note on the front door of their Fort Collins, Colo. home this morning.

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Reads the grammar-challenged plea:

"Thank you for all of your support. We are not taking any interview any more. We are tired. Thank you. Heenes"

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Richard and Mayumi Heene may face felony charges for staging the helium-balloon disappearance of their son Falcon, 6; the parents of three boys may also be charged by Social Services for conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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Authorities also believe that the fame-seeking brood received help from Denver's Robert Thomas, who may have plotted a "media stunt" with Richard Heene and, possibly, from an undisclosed media outlet that blurs "the line between entertainment and news," Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden told reporters.

TMZ reports that Richard Heene served jail time in the late 90s. In April 1997, Heene, now 43, was charged with misdemeanor vandalism, vehicle tampering and disturbing the peace. He ultimately pled no contest to vandalism -- spending 30 days in jail, with two years of probation and a $100 fine.

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