The parents of a child with cancer who chose to treat it with herbs and marijuana oil instead of chemotherapy have lost the battle to regain custody of the child.
Child care officials took Joshua "Noah" McAdams, now four years old, to state protection after worried doctors in Florida told police he had lost his treatment at the hospital.
Little Noah's parents, "natural health lovers," Joshua McAdams, 27, and Taylor Bland-Ball, 22, were arrested at a home in Kentucky more than 800 miles away.
Later, a court ruled that the boy, who was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia in April, would be handed over to his maternal grandparents.
On Monday, Judge Thomas Palermo maintained that housing arrangement and said that if Noah were returned to his parents, he would face "a substantial risk of imminent negligence," reports NBC News.
Staying with your grandparents "is the only way to guarantee Noah's health, safety and well-being," said the judge.
A lawyer from McAdams and Bland-Ball, Brooke Elvington, revealed that the decision has left the couple "devastated."
"Noah belongs to his house with his parents," he said.
After seeking a second opinion, Elvington added, the couple voluntarily agreed to continue Noah's chemotherapy treatments.
He added that the couple is thinking of launching an appeal.
Noah's parents have documented the battle against child cancer on social media, where they have criticized medical science and promoted alternative therapy.
Mum Bland-Ball wrote regularly criticizing the use of chemotherapy in children.
And he insisted that his son was recovering due to vitamins and a change in diet.
She wrote on April 16, 12 days after revealing her son's cancer diagnosis: "We left that hospital, with no cancer cells to spare."
"For those who ask, we did two rounds of chemotherapy, specifically vincristine because they can get an order from the medical court to force him to do it anyway for a child with his diagnosis."
She added: "We also use rosemary, vitamin B complex, including B17, (and a) completely alkaline diet."
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After her son was arrested, she insisted that her only crime is to want a "biologically rational" treatment for him.
"Our hearts are broken and all we want is for our child to receive a HEALTHY BIOLOGICAL TREATMENT," he wrote.
"There is no negligence here considering that their levels are the best they have been and that they are still cancer free after two weeks without chemotherapy, surprise!
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