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Parents arrested over son's cancer treatment

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Ashya King, 5, lies alone in a Spanish hospital battling a stage four brain tumor, while his parents fight to get out of jail in Madrid.

The British couple took their son from a hospital in England because they wanted different treatment than doctors were willing to provide.

Police in Spain arrested them over the weekend after British authorities launched an international manhunt.

"Ashya is in a wheelchair, and is fed from a tube," said assistant chief constable Chris Shead.

But Ashya's parents say their son was never in danger.

Before police arrested them the couple posted a internet video defending their actions.

"So I just please ask, call off this ridiculous chase. We are not neglecting our son, he's in perfectly good health," Brett King said.

The King family wants Ashya to be given proton beam radiotherapy, which British hospitals don't normally use for this type of cancer.

Britain's deputy prime minister backed the prime minister's call to let the couple out of jail.

"I would like to see the family reunited and then hopefully people can calmly make a decision about what should happen next," said Nick Clegg, deputy British prime minister.

British prosecutors have now withdrawn the arrest warrant for the couple.

A judge in Spain will decide Wednesday what happens next.

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