British boy with brain tumour removed from hospital by parents: Police

An undated handout picture released by Britain's Hampshire Police on August 29, 2014 shows a...

An undated handout picture released by Britain's Hampshire Police on August 29, 2014 shows a portrait of five-year-boy Ashya King. (AFP/HANDOUT)

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British and French police are searching for a five-year-old boy who was being treated for a brain tumour before his parents removed him from the hospital without consent.

Ashya King was taken from Southampton General Thursday afternoon, Hampshire Police say. The family fled to France.

"Ashya has a brain tumour. Without treatment there are serious concerns for him. He's probably in a wheelchair or buggy," police tweeted Friday.

Pictures from surveillance cameras in the hospital show Ashya's father, 51-year-old Brett King, taking the boy out of his room in a wheelchair.

In a news conference, assistant chief Const. Chris Shead of Hampshire Police said it was "vital" police find the boy Friday as "his health will deteriorate."

He urged the family to take Ashya to a hospital immediately.

Police said the family are Jehovah's Witnesses, but they don't know if that played a part in the boy's removal from care. Jehovah's Witnesses permit most medical treatments, but do not believe in blood transfusions.


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