Man pleads for wife, ill son to return
SLEEPY EYE, Minn. - The father of a 13-year-old cancer-stricken boy who went on the run with his mother to avoid chemotherapy treatment pleaded yesterday for the boy's return, asking his wife to "do what's best for Danny."
"If you're out there, please bring Danny home so we can decide as a family what Danny's treatment should be," Anthony Hauser said in a brief statement to his wife, Colleen.
Daniel Hauser has Hodgkins' lymphoma, a highly curable cancer when treated with chemotherapy and radiation. But the Hausers preferred alternative remedies, and Daniel and his mother fled Monday, a day before a court hearing that could have resulted in a judge ordering chemotherapy.
The two were seen in southern California on Tuesday morning and authorities have said they could be in Mexico.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 35 to 50 clinics along the Mexican border attract cancer patients looking for alternatives to traditional treatment methods offered in the United States.
The sheriff's office in Brown County issued a felony arrest warrant yesterday for Colleen Hauser and the FBI was helping with the search. The warrant was for deprivation of parental rights, and an earlier arrest warrant was based on a contempt of court charge.
Brown County Attorney James Olson said that the parental rights belong to Brown County family services, which had been granted custody of Daniel to get him to a pediatric oncologist.