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Ashya King: Police Want The Parents Arrested And The Children In Foster Care

by | 30th, August 2014

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AYSHA King: A look at the missing child in the news media:

The Daily Mail brings to mind a scene from Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. The Bolivian Army are outside the door:

Spanish police have surrounded a flat in Marbella as part of the manhunt for the ‘desperate’ Jehovah’s Witness couple who smuggled their five-year-old son out of a hospital bed.
Hampshire Police have obtained a European arrest warrant for the parents, Brett and Naghmeh King, on the issue of ‘neglect’.

Readers learn:

…brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer and five-year survival remains low at 18.8 per cent.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead has medical news:

“Health experts tell us that with the proper medical care Ashya has a good chance of survival, but he must get that professional care.”

The Express is emotive:

Missing boy latest: Manhunt moves to Spain amid fears Ashya King has ‘hours to live’

The Sun – yesterday – said Ashya had “weeks to live”. Maybe.

On Hampshire Constabulary’s Facebook page, Katie Fletcher wrote:

“This is my mother’s friend, she has run away in desperation because they cannot accept that there is nothing that can be done for their son and want to look for help abroad. Please don’t judge, they are a very sweet loving family and I can only believe they are doing this because they want to help their son.”

A spokesman for the Jehovah’s Witnesses in France said:

“Contacted by the British consulate about Ashya King and his parents, the national headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses in France has asked the ministers of all countries to report the presence of this family, especially during religious services this weekend.”

And:

Legal experts have said it is “unlikely” that the parents of missing boy Ashya King had committed an offence by taking him out of hospital – but warned the legal system would not permit religious beliefs to override the medical needs of a child.

Prof Penney Lewis, of King’s College London, said it was possible the child could be taken into foster care if they are found and refuse to cooperate, but more likely than not it would be dealt with in the courtroom, with a judge giving consent to a procedure.

What next..?



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