Cops: Parents Took Ailing Boy From Hospital
Britain's Ashya King has brain tumor, was last seen in France
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 29, 2014 1:26 PM CDT
A photo of Ashya King.   (AP Photo/Interpol)

(Newser) – Police are searching for a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor whose parents took him out of a British hospital and were last seen in France. The press office for Jehovah's Witnesses said today that Ashya King's parents were followers, but that there was no indication that the family's decision was motivated by religious convictions. Interpol said it was seeking information on the boy's whereabouts.

Authorities said parents Brett and Naghemeh King removed the boy yesterday from Southampton General Hospital. French Prosecutor Eric Bouillard of Cherbourg—where they were last seen—said authorities opened an investigation for suspected kidnapping and "failure to carry out parental duties." Jehovah's Witnesses accept medical treatment, but believe the Bible forbids some treatments and they often refuse blood transfusions.

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geo wells
Aug 29, 2014 4:51 PM CDT
The state thru its agents know what is best for individuals, sure. As well as med establsihment, sure. That's why doctor caused illness of death are leading causes of same.
baldpirate
Aug 29, 2014 3:06 PM CDT
They could have achieved the same conclusion if they had just left him in the backseat of the car in the hospital parking lot ! ! ! ( double entendre slam intended ! )
nothere
Aug 29, 2014 3:02 PM CDT
please leave the catholics out of this one please. and stop the persecution!