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Minn. Cancer Patient Back Home, Faces Court Date

Minn. Cancer Patient Back Home, Faces Court Date

(Source: Associated Press)

Associated Press/AP Online

May 27, 2009

NEW ULM, Minn. — A 13-year-old cancer patient and his mother who spent a week on the run to avoid forced chemotherapy faced a court hearing Tuesday to determine the boy’s medical fate.

Daniel and his mother, Colleen, arrived back in Minnesota on a chartered jet early Monday after sparking a nationwide search.

Brown County court officials said a custody hearing for Daniel Hauser was scheduled for 2:15 p.m. CDT.

Jennifer Keller, the California attorney who helped arrange the Hausers’ return to Minnesota, said Colleen Hauser will continue to seek permission to use alternative treatments for her son’s cancer “that aren’t toxic.”

“But she’ll abide by what the court says,” Keller said.

Daniel Hauser, who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has been refusing chemotherapy, was examined by a doctor after his return. He’s in the protective custody of Brown County, but was allowed to spend the night at the family farm in Sleepy Eye, with a deputy on duty, County Attorney James Olson said.

Olson said that since Colleen Hauser returned to Minnesota voluntarily he would likely dismiss a felony complaint against her and not charge her with anything else. FBI spokesman E.K. Wilson said a federal charge of unauthorized flight would also likely be dropped.

But Olson indicated Colleen Hauser and her husband, Anthony Hauser, would have little choice but to go along with the court’s desire to treat Daniel with chemotherapy.

“A lot depends upon the attitude of the parents, their willingness to get on board with a treatment plan,” Olson said Monday.

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