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British Boy With Brain Tumor Ashya King Reunites With Freed Parents

The British parents who were pursued by police for taking their critically ill son out of a U.K. hospital for treatment abroad reunited with the child Wednesday after they were released from a Spanish prison. A hospital spokeswoman said Brett and Naghmeh King visited their 5-year-old son Ashya at the Children’s and Maternity Hospital in Malaga, but local authorities had received notification from British officials that the parents should not be allowed to take the boy away. A British judge has made the child a ward of court, said the spokeswoman, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The parents were sought by police on child cruelty charges after they took Ashya, who has been treated for a brain tumor, out of a British hospital against doctors’ advice. They then traveled to Spain where they planned to sell a property to pay for proton beam radiation therapy. They were arrested on Saturday, but were released after U.K. authorities dropped the charges against them.

Brett King told reporters in the Spanish city of Seville earlier Wednesday that everything he and his wife did for their son was for the boy’s own good. “We just want to help our son get through this bad time because he hasn't got too many months to live,” King said.

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— The Associated Press