An Oregon mother at the center of the debate about a parent’s right to refuse established medical advice has turned herself in to authorities.
Christina Gale Dixon, 35, is being held in the Clackamas County Jail on suspicion of custodial interference and criminal mistreatment, records show. She is accused of defying a court order to deliver her daughter, 13-year-old Kylee, to state care in order to prevent her from getting a surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her liver.
Kylee, of Wilsonville, is back in state custody and living with a foster family, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Aug. 1.
The teen maintained that she does not want the surgery. Instead, she wants to resume the course of treatment her mom insists would work: CBD oil.
A Clackamas County judge has ruled, however, that she wouldn’t stand in the way of Kylee receiving surgery to remove the tumor — despite Kylee and her mother’s objections.
“I’m not a doctor,” said Judge Heather Karabeika. “I let medical professionals handle what they think is most appropriate given their experience and knowledge.”
Kylee’s mother claims that the CBD oil she gave her reduced the cancerous tumor by 90 percent; however, that has not been publicly verified by doctors.
According to the state, Kylee has at least a 70% chance of stopping the cancer’s spread with surgery.
Dixon will appear in court via a video stream at 3 p.m. Thursday, according to a Facebook page documenting the case.
— Jim Ryan and Molly Harbarger
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