GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A Marquette County boy, whose parents faced charges after they declined to make him undergo chemotherapy, has had a relapse.
Jacob Stieler, now 11, was diagnosed in March 2011 with Ewing's scaroma, a type of malignant bone cancer, and was treated at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids.
In summer 2011, scans indicated no signs of cancer, but doctors recommended further radiation and chemotherapy to prevent the cancer from returning.
But Jacob hadn't fared well during the original bout of treatments, telling his mother, Erin, that he wished he would fall asleep and not wake up.
Ken and Erin Stieler of Skandia decided they would not make Jacob undergo treatment as long as PET scans were clear.
After they declined treatment that doctors said were necessary, the state filed medical child neglect charges against the parents.
The case was dismissed by an Upper Peninsula judge and then appealed by the state.
It was dropped again last week after the Stielers' attorney notified the court and Department of Human Services that Jacob's cancer had returned.
Jacob is currently undergoing treatment at a Milwaukee hospital. His current condition is unavailable.
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