Parents arrested after pulling cancer patient son out of British hospital


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Parents arrested after pulling cancer patient son out of British hospital

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 31, 2014

Brett and Naghmeh King, the parents of a 5-year-old cancer patient, have been arrested after taking their son from a British hospital. Hotel staff in Spain alerted authorities after noticing the family from local media coverage.

"After Ashya was taken from the hospital without authorization Thursday, the family -- including Ashya's six siblings -- boarded a ferry and headed to Cherbourg, France, that night, police in Britain said," reports CNN. "Interpol issued an international missing person notice to the agency's 190 member countries to help find Ashya."

According to CNN, "Without this specialist 24-hour care, Ashya is at risk of additional health complications which place him at substantial risk," Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson said in a statement. Ashya is not mobile on his own, nor can he communicate verbally.

Once found, Ashya was taken to Materno Infantile Hospital in Spain. The hospital is now communicating with his original hospital, Southampton General Hospital, where the parents had removed the child. 

Ashya's parents and the British hospital allegedly disagreed in King's want for his child to undergo proton beam treatment outside of Britain. King also posted a YouTube video explaining his side of the story, mere hours before the couple's arrest.

Due in Spanish court Monday, the specific charges against the parents remain unconfirmed at this time. The British Crown Prosecution Service will be will spearheading extradition efforts, as the European arrest order was issued by Britain against the parents.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.