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Father of California stowaway speaks

Santa Clara, Calif. -- There are new details about the 15-year-old who hitched a ride from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a plane.

The boy told police he left home after fighting with his father and stepmother. He wanted to go to Somalia to see his mom, who he said he hasn't seen since he was 2.

His father spoke for the first time publicly, saying he was shocked when he learned of his son's unbelievable journey.

The father said his son has recently transferred to a new school and was struggling in some classes.

The teen is in custody of child welfare.

 
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