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Nebraska mom accused of not seeking cancer treatment for son

LINCOLN – Nebraska authorities are urgently searching for a 4-year-old boy and his mother, who has been charged with felony child abuse on allegations that she didn’t follow through on treatment for the boy’s rare form of cancer.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 32-year-old Abak Rehan is believed to have fled the state with the boy.

Lincoln Police Investigator Luis Herrera says a social worker at an Omaha hospital had reported that a 4-year-old patient had missed several appointments for treatment of Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that forms in the soft tissue.

Authorities say the social worker reported that the child could become more resistant to treatment if left untreated, decreasing his chances of remission.

Herrera says the boy would likely die within six months to a year if left untreated.