SLEEPY EYE - Anthony Hauser, the Sleepy Eye farmer whose son Daniel was the focus of a nationwide manhunt when he and his mother Colleen fled the state in 2009 to escape court-ordered chemotherapy, has died.
Hauser, 56, died last Thursday, Aug. 25, at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis.
He had been diagnosed in May 2010 with leukemia, a year after his wife and son had fled the state after Brown County Judge John Rodenberg had ordered Daniel, then 13, to undergo chemotherapy for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. His parents had refused the treatment, preferring dietary and homeopathic methods that doctors testified gave him only a five percent chance of survival, compared to the 95 percent chance of a cure that chemotherapy and radiation offered.
Colleen and Daniel Hauser fled to California in May 2009, the day before Rodenberg was to hear a doctor's report on Daniel's condition and order chemotherapy if his condition warranted. After a week, they returned home, flown in a private plane by a Los Angeles media company.
Daniel underwent the treatment and is apparently cancer free.
A year after the drama, Anthony Hauser received the diagnosis of leukemia. News reports at the time said the family preferred treating him with transfusions and other alternative treatments rather than chemotherapy.
Family friend Dan Zwakman says Hauser died of cardiac arrest, according to the Associated Press.
Zwakman says Daniel, now 15, remains in remission.
Hauser's obituary is on page 5A.