Judge orders arrest of mother who took son off chemotherapy

By Calvin Palmer

A Minnesota judge today issued an arrest warrant for the mother who took her 13-year-old son off chemotherapy after the pair failed to show at a court hearing.

Brown County District Judge John Rodenberg also ordered that the boy, Daniel Hauser, be placed in protective custody so he can get proper medical treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Last week Rodenberg ruled the boy must seek conventional medical treatment instead of the parents’ choice of alternative medicines based on their religious beliefs.

He allowed Daniel to remain in the custody of his parents, Colleen and Anthony Hauser, but only if they get a chest X-ray for their son and select an oncologist. The judge set a deadline for today.

Daniel’s father was the only one who appeared. He said he last saw his wife yesterday evening.

Hauser told the judge: “She said she was going to leave. She said, `That’s all you need to know.’ And that’s all I know.”

He said his wife left her cell phone at home.

The family’s doctor, James Joyce, said he examined Daniel yesterday and an X-ray showed the tumor had grown to the size it was when he was first diagnosed.

Daniel said he had pain on the right side of his chest, which he rated a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10.

“He had basically gotten back all the trouble he had in January,” the doctor said.

Joyce said the pain was around the port that was inserted into Daniel’s chest to administer chemotherapy. He attributed the pain to the growing tumor, which is pushing the port out of place.

Daniel also said he had a cough, though he had no trouble breathing, Joyce said.

Daniel was accompanied on the visit by his mother and Susan Daya, whom Joyce described as an attorney from California.

Joyce offered to make appointments for Daniel with oncologists at Children’s Hospital, the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic or elsewhere, but the Hausers declined.

He also said he tried to give Daniel more information about lymphoma but that Daya, Daniel and his mother left in a rush.

“Under Susan Daya’s urging, they indicated they had other places to go,” Joyce said.

Daniel’s court-appointed attorney, Phil Elbert, asked Joyce if Daniel was at risk of substantial physical harm if no action is taken. The doctor said yes.

Daniel’s lymphoma was diagnosed in January, and six rounds of chemotherapy were recommended. Daniel underwent one round in February but stopped after that single treatment.

Colleen Hauser testified at an earlier hearing that her son “is not in any medical danger”. She said she had been treating his cancer with herbal supplements, vitamins, ionized water and other natural alternatives.

The Hausers, who have eight children, are Roman Catholic. They also believe in the “do no harm” philosophy of the Nemenhah Band, a Missouri-based religious group that believes in natural healing methods advocated by some American Indians.

Colleen Hauser has also testified that Daniel is a medicine man and elder in the Nemenhah Band.

State statutes require parents to provide necessary medical care for a child. The statutes say alternative and complementary health care methods are not enough.

Daniel’s attorney won plaudits from Republican media and pundits last week when he described the judge’s initial ruling as “a blow to families”.

“It marginalizes the decisions that parents face every day in regard to their children’s medical care,” Ebert said.  “It really affirms the role that big government is better at making our decisions for us.”

In cases such as this one that is the patent and obvious truth but since when did a Republican let the truth get in the way of their misguided ideology?

[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]

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