The parents of a Minnesota boy who had refused chemotherapy for their son with cancer have told a judge they now agree to the medical treatment, and the judge has ruled the parents can keep custody of the 13-year-old.
Daniel Hauser and his mother Colleen caused a nationwide manhunt last week after they fled town. The two failed to appear at a court hearing where a judge ordered the boy to undergo chemo to treat his Hodgkin's lymphoma. The Hausers, who have eight children, are Roman Catholic and belong to the Nemenhah Band, an organization that believes illnesses can be treated with natural remedies. Daniel had undergone one dose of treatment before he and his mother disappeared. Returning to their home Monday after almost a week on the lam, the Hausers now say they understand their son needs treatment and could die without it.
An X-ray shows that the tumor in his chest has grown and is now pushing against his trachea, which is causing him pain.
County child protective officials are opposed to the judge's ruling, saying they want Daniel to remain in their custody.