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Boy's cancer has parents facing neglect

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Uploaded on Nov 11, 2011

* By Joe LaFurgey

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - To say Jacob Stieler's been through a lot is an understatement of great proportions.

Diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of cancer last spring, the 10-year-old Marquette County boy went through three months of chemotherapy at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids.

It was a rough time.

"He was sick, he was nauseous, and he was extremely depressed," said Erin Steiler, Jacob's mother. "He told me numerous times that he wished he'd fall asleep and never wake up."

So when two bone scans revealed no signs of the cancers that had wrapped around his spinal cord, his parents made a decision to stop his treatments.

But that decision is sending his parents to court.

After officials at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital notified Child Protective Services of the Stieler's decision, the state launched an investigation.

The Stieler's now face a Medical Neglect charge, which is a charge usually reserved for more blatant cases.

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