No decision on charges in Colorado balloon case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - Prosecutors say they haven't decided whether to file charges against the parents in the runaway balloon case, or whether to investigate allegations that the Sheriff broke the law by talking about the involvement of child-welfare officials.

Prosecutors said Tuesday they're waiting for more information from the Sheriff before deciding whether to charge Richard and Mayumi Heene.

Sheriff Jim Alderden says the Heenes were lying when they reported their son was in the balloon. He was found safe in the family's Fort Collins home.

Alderden says it was a hoax to generate publicity, which Richard Heene has denied.

Heene's attorney claims Alderden broke privacy laws by saying child-welfare officials were contacted.

Prosecutors say they're reviewing the allegation.
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