- The Washington Times - Friday, May 22, 2009

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) | A new arrest warrant was issued Thursday as the search continued for the Minnesota mother who fled with her 13-year-old cancer-stricken son to avoid chemotherapy treatments.

Colleen Hauser’s son, Daniel, has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The two were seen in Southern California on Tuesday morning and authorities have said they could be in Mexico.

“Hopefully we’ll find Daniel, for Daniel’s sake,” Brown County Sheriff Rich Hoffmann said Thursday.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Department said that the new warrant for the mother is for deprivation of parental rights. An earlier arrest warrant was based on a contempt of court charge.

Brown County Attorney James Olson said the parental rights Mrs. Hauser violated are those of Brown County family services, which has been granted custody of Daniel to get him to a pediatric oncologist.

“If she comes back today or tomorrow I would dismiss it,” Mr. Olson said of the charges. “The reason was not to punish her.”

Authorities think the mother and son fled Monday after a court-ordered X-ray showed a tumor in Daniel’s chest was growing. Doctors have said the tumor will likely kill Daniel without conventional treatment, but Colleen Hauser favors healing methods of an American Indian religious group known as the Nemenhah Band.

The new warrant gives law enforcement agencies in other states the authority to detain Mrs. Hauser if the two are found. But authorities said they didn’t know what could be done if the Hausers have reached Mexico.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a highly curable form of cancer when treated with chemo and radiation. But the teen and his parents rejected chemo after a single treatment, with the boy’s mother saying that putting toxic substances in the body violates the family’s religious convictions.

Mrs. Hauser said she had been treating the boy’s cancer instead with herbal supplements, vitamins, ionized water and other natural alternatives - a regimen based mostly on information she found on the Internet.

An alert issued to police departments around the country said the mother and son might be traveling with a California lawyer named Susan Daya.

Ms. Daya didn’t return telephone messages Wednesday.

The alert said they might also be with a Massachusetts man named Billy Best, who as a teenager in 1994 ran away from home to escape chemotherapy for cancer similar to Daniel’s.

Mr. Best, who says he was cured by natural remedies, is supporting the family’s effort to avoid chemo for Daniel but said this week he hasn’t talked to the mother and son since they fled.

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