Police Search for Mom Refusing Chemo for Son

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Police across the country are looking for a Minnesota mother on the run with her sick child.

A court ordered 13-year-old Daniel Hauser undergo chemotherapy, but his parents say the treatment violates their beliefs as Catholics and members of an American Indian religious group that only believes in natural treatment.     

Anthony Hauser told reporters and police that he has no clue where his wife and sick child have gone.

Colleen Hauser and her son Daniel left the family farm in Minnesota, Monday, and failed to show up for court Tuesday.

"If she  went to get care for him I, you know...I don't know if it's the right thing to do, but I mean it's better than just running," Anthony Hauser said.

Last week, a Brown County judge ruled the parents medically neglecting Daniel, whose doctors diagnosed him with Kodgkins Lymphoma.

After one round of chemotherapy in February, the family decided not to continue the cancer treatment because of religious beliefs. 

"Give us some time to heal our son and if it does not work, the door is still open on both ends," Colleen said before her disappearance.

There's now a nationwide warrant for her and her son.

"There is no allegation these are bad parents," said Brown County attorney James Olson.  "They are good parents. They have eight children (and) I'm sure they love their child, but we think they're making decisions that are not in the best interest of this child."

Court-ordered x-rays show Daniel's tumor has grown, and doctors say it's 90 percent curable with chemo, but 50 percent without it.

"You can't always predict if the chemo will fight the cancer, but sometimes it can," explained Dr. Helen Healy.

Healy practices natural medicine and didn't treat Daniel, but was an expert witness in the case.

She says deciding treatments isn't easy because the patient needs to believe in it.

"He sounds like he is very scared of the chemo," Healy added.

The Hauser's attorney, Philip Albert, has made a public plea for Colleen to return with her son, and follow the court's order to choose an oncologist.

"There are ways of dealing with a dispute with a judge's decision, and that resolution is not to flee," he said.

Once caught, the judge says Colleen will be arrested and Daniel will be placed in foster care.

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