By Associated Press Writer
updated 6/23/2009 4:47:47 PM ET 2009-06-23T20:47:47

A Minnesota judge has ruled that a 13-year-old boy who fled the state to avoid chemotherapy must continue getting the treatment because it appears to be working.

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Brown County District Judge John Rodenberg issued the ruling Monday during a hearing on Daniel Hauser's case. Daniel has Hodgkin's lymphoma but resisted chemo, citing a preference for alternative treatments.

His attorney, Philip Elbert, says recent X-rays of Daniel's tumor show that the tumor is a white, see-through mass. Previous X-rays had shown a dense, black mass.

Elbert says Daniel has lost about 10 pounds and sometimes doesn't feel like eating.

Prosecutors had argued the case should stay in court after Daniel and his mother, Colleen, fled to California last month. The judge ruled Daniel is still in need of child protection services.

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