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Published November 17, 2009, 02:51 PM

Judge drops case against family that denied chemo

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — A Brown County judge has closed the case on a teenager whom the court forced to undergo chemotherapy against his family's wishes.

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — A Brown County judge has closed the case on a teenager whom the court forced to undergo chemotherapy against his family's wishes.

Judge John Rodenberg says in his order that there's no further need for court involvement after tests have shown 13-year-old Daniel Hauser of Sleepy Eye is now cancer-free.

In April, family services officials in Brown County filed a child protection order after a doctor reported that Hauser's family was refusing to treat his Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer with chemotherapy. Rodenberg ordered the treatment, prompting Hauser's mother to flee with him to California for a week before returning to Minnesota.

Hauser completed his final radiation treatment earlier this month. His family says he's free of cancer.

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