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12 Year Old Cancer Patient Still Missing

12 Year Old Cancer Patient Still Missing

Posted - Aug. 21, 2003 at 4:14 p.m.



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Jill Atwood ReportingStill no sign of a 12-year old Sandy boy and his mother on the run from the law at this hour.

Barbara and Daren Jenson took their son PJ and left town, after a judge ordered PJ into protective custody. The judge decided the parents didn't have the boy's best interest at heart after they refused to allow him a potentially life-saving cancer treatment.

The parents first went to Idaho where apparantly Barbara Jensen has family. Her husband Daren was arrested after a traffic accident, booked into jail and released, but so far no sign of the boy's mother or the boy. Jensen did tell investigators they may be in Texas seeking some form of alternative cancer treatment.

We're told the the Jensen's are afraid of the side-effects the chemotherapy will have on 12-year old PJ. It will stunt his growth and leave him sterile, but the district attorney's office who has filed kidnapping charges says if he doesn't get the treatment he will most likely die.

Kent Morgan, Deputy District Attorney: "What they lack is faith in a judicial system and a medical community that is really looking out for their child. Sounds like they are scared. Well they're scared and I don't think that's justified; I think the fear should be a fear that the criminal justice system will replace their parenting duties, instead of performing their parenting duties in the first place."

Both parents are charged with kidnapping tonight.

KSL spoke with Primary Children's Hospital a short time ago. They are being bombarded with calls from the media and concerned citizens, angry citizens saying these parents should have the right to decide for their child what's best.

This is a story that will continue to develop in the coming days, but it's safe to say everyone involved just wants what's best for the boy. Of course now the focus is on finding him.

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