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Father Found; Girl With Leukemia Still Missing

5:39 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
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Phoenix, AZ (KPNX) -- The United States Customs and Border Patrol officers on Saturday located the father of an 11-year-old girl, who was removed by her parents from a hospital, where she was being treated for leukemia.

Officers stopped Luis Bracamontes at the Arizona and Mexico border, when he was trying to enter the United States. He was questioned by officers on the whereabouts of his daughter, Emily, but could not provide officers with any information and denied any involvement with the case, Phoenix police spokesman Steve Martos said.

He was not driving the same vehicle, a black Ford van, that police said Emily may have left the hospital in with her parents, Martos said.

Surveillance tape shows Emily being walked out of Phoenix Children's Hospital at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday by her 35-year-old mother, Norma.

The girl, who is Hispanic, was brought to the hospital for treatment of leukemia, police said.

During treatment, a chest catheter was placed into the little girl's heart. She also had to have her arm amputated due to infection, officials said.

For unknown reasons, the mother decided to remove the IV from the catheter, changed the child's clothing and walked her out of the hospital, police said.

"We have been informed by medical personnel if the catheter is not medically removed the victim's heart could potentially become infected resulting in the child's death," Martos said.

Detectives searched locally and out of state.

The girl was scheduled to be released from the hospital Thursday morning, according to Martos.

"We don't know why they left," Martos said. "Our primary concern is for the safety of the girl."


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