Spokesman Says Boy's Cancer is in Remission

Spokesman Says Boy's Cancer is in Remission

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A spokesman for the family that's defying a court order to give their boy chemotherapy says he's in remission.

Daren and Barbara Jensen of Sandy have been charged with kidnapping for taking their son Parker out of Utah to avoid a Juvenile Court order for chemotherapy.

The 38-year-old father, who was released on bail after a weekend arrest in Idaho, was staying Thursday at the home of his wife's parents in Pocatello.

His wife and the boy, however, are still missing.

The family wants to spare the boy from chemotherapy, saying it will only stunt his growth and leave him sterile.

Utah lawyers obtained a court order requiring chemotherapy and a warrant to take him into custody, but his parents took him out of state, drawing a kidnapping charge.

A family spokesman in Idaho told The Associated Press today that the boy is doing fine and has been testing negative for cancer cells.

Utah authorities insist the boy is vulnerable to cancer until he gets chemotherapy.

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

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