A 37 year-old mother who is opposed to her son receiving radiotherapy treatment for cancer has been found by police after fleeing.
Sally Roberts disappeared from her home in Tiverton, Devon, with her seven year-old son Neon on Sunday but was found by police in Sussex earlier today.
“Neon’s welfare will be considered in the High Court,” said Devon and Cornwall Police in a statement.
Neon is suffering from a brain tumour and has undergone surgery. His New Zealand-born mother has been engaged in a court battle with Neon’s father Ben Roberts over whether to begin radiation treatment. Mr Roberts has sided with doctors who believe Neon’s chances will be “dramatically reduced” without radiation treatment.
After Mrs Roberts went on the run, High Court judge Mrs Justice Hogg released a statement reading:
“I have made an order permitting the identification of the child, Neon Luca Roberts, who is aged seven. It’s thought that he is need of urgent life-saving hospital treatment. He suffers from a brain tumour and has recently had surgery and the doctors responsible for his treatment believe he urgently needs radiotherapy. His mother, Mrs Sally Roberts, who is also known as Sally Lees, is opposed to the treatment and has disappeared with Neon.”
“I am deeply concerned for the welfare and well-being of this little boy.”
A further hearing into Neon’s welfare is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday 7 December).