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Mom, son fleeing forced chemotherapy

May 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The search for a Minnesota mother and her 13-year-old son suffering from cancer is focused on the Southern California area. The two fled Minnesota Monday.Authorities received a tip that Colleen Hauser and her son, Daniel, were in the Southern California area on Tuesday, but they concede the pair may have already gone to Mexico.

Hauser fled Minnesota with her son on Monday after a court ordered X-ray showed a tumor in his chest was growing. He has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. His doctors say the tumor will likely kill him without treatment such as chemotherapy.

The teen and his parents rejected chemo after one treatment. His mother says putting toxic substances in his body violates the family's religious convictions. Hauser wants her son treated with natural healing methods of an American Indian religious group known as the Nemenhah Band.

Phillip Cloudpiler Landis, the founder of the Nemenhah Band, claims to have cured his own bout with cancer with diet, visits to a sweat lodge, and other natural remedies. He served several months in an Idaho prison for fraud linked to the sale of natural remedies.

Landis is urging Hauser to return to Minnesota with her son. He said, "Running away when there is a court order is not the way to handle it. Go home. That's the official position of the church. Go home, Colleen."

A felony arrest warrant has been issued for Hauser. Minnesota's Brown County Sheriff's Department says the warrant enables outside law enforement agencies the authority to detain her once she's found.

"This arrest warrant is not to be viewed as an enhanced criminal penalty for Colleen," said Sheriff Rich Hoffman. "It has been put in place as a means to ensure extradition to Minnesota."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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