Shurtleff Frustrated with Parker Jensen's Parents

Shurtleff Frustrated with Parker Jensen's Parents

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(Orem-AP) -- Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says he is frustrated with Daren and Barbara Jensen -- the Sandy couple who have blocked chemotherapy treatments for their cancer-stricken boy, Parker.

Shurtleff says he's frustrated because he feels it is his duty to protect Parker's life, -- quote -- "even though his parents won't."

Shurtleff says if Parker dies, it will be on his conscience.

Parker was diagnosed earlier this year with Ewing's sarcoma. Daren and Barbara Jensen refused to heed doctors' recommendation of chemotherapy, fearing the treatment would stunt Parker's growth and leave him sterile.

Criminal charges were resolved earlier this month. But the Jensens still face a juvenile court trial for medical neglect.

Judge Robert Yeates ordered the parents to deliver Parker to his private chambers for questioning tomorrow. Only lawyers for the family and state will attend.

Yeates also set a medical-neglect trial next month for the parents.

Shurtleff's comments came last night when speaking to the Utah State College Republicans in Orem.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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