Family of ill UK boy accuses officials of cruelty

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Posted: Monday, September 1, 2014 7:28 am | Updated: 11:48 am, Mon Sep 1, 2014.

LONDON (AP) — The grandmother of a British boy with a severe brain tumor has accused UK authorities of cruelty for seeking an arrest warrant and pursuing the family abroad after his parents removed him from a hospital against medical advice.

Patricia King told the BBC that was an "absolute disgrace" that her son and daughter-in-law were accused of child neglect after removing 5-year-old Ashya from Southhampton General Hospital last week. The family says UK authorities had refused to give the kind of treatment Ashya needed.

King says the authorities are "the ones who are cruel, because they have taken poor little Ashya, who is dying of a brain tumor and they won't let the parents, my son and daughter-in-law, they won't let them see him at all."

Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman also weighed in on the matter Monday, saying people all over the country have been moved by their plight.

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