Officials search for cancer-stricken teen

null There is speculation the pair may be headed to Mexico to treat the teen's Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"We do have some people that we are talking with, that's as far as I can express," said Rich Hoffman, Brown County, Minn. Sheriff.

The two have not been seen since Monday after a court-mandated X-ray revealed the teen's tumor has grown. Daniel's father was open to some sort of treatment, but his mother was not.

"Once Daniel has been found and brought before the court, the court is either going to have them immediately determine an oncologist, or the court's going to make that decision for them," James Olson Brown, county attorney.

After his diagnosis, Daniel received an initial round of chemotherapy to fight his Hodkin's lymphoma. Doctors say with chemo the teen has a 90-percent chance of beating the cancer; without it, less than 50 percent.

With consent from his parents, Daniel chose to quit chemo, citing religious beliefs. His mother said at the time that they would resort to "natural remedies" instead.

"Give us time to heal our son and if it does not work the door is still open on both ends," said Hauser.

Monday a judge ruled against the family, citing medical neglect. The judge ordered that the teen be taken to a doctor. The Brown County Sheriff says their current goal is to get Daniel out of his mother's care and into treatment.

"This is not going to go away, this is a court order," said Hoffman.

Daniel has been classified as missing or endangered. His father is said to be cooperating with authorities.

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