Authorities located a mother that abducted her teenager daughter to avoid cancer treatment in Nevada. Christina Dixon fled with her daughter earlier in the week to prevent scheduled surgery from treating her daughter’s liver cancer. Police in Oregon issued a missing and endangered bulletin after Dixon failed to bring her daughter to the hospital.
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release and announced that authorities in Nevada located Chistina and Kylee Dixon. According to the Clackamas County Sherrif’s Office, the department worked in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to find the teen.
After receiving a tip that the mother and daughter might be in Nevada, officers contacted the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to report the tip. LVMPD and Nevada law enforcement responded to a tip at Longhorn Casino and Hotel.
When officials arrived at the casino, they found Kylee Dixon with her mother. Officials immediately took custody of Kylee and placed her in protective custody without incident. Child Protective Services of Nevada will work with the Oregon Department of Human Services to determine when Kylee will return to the state.
Authorities stated that they did not arrest Christina Dixon for her role in the abduction of her daughter. However, the Sherrif’s Office will complete a full investigation into Christina Dixon and report their findings to the Clackamas County District Attorney to determine any charges.
An update on Kylee’s Fight Facebook Page, Kylee will return to Oregon to undergo the necessary surgery to save her life. According to Christina Dixon’s multiple social media accounts, Kylee Dixon is diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. A tumor in her daughter’s liver had shrunk to a point where oncologists determined surgery was needed. Additionally, doctors hope to perform a liver transplant.
Christina Dixon is against medical intervention to treat her daughter’s cancer. Instead, the mother believes she can cure her disease by using a marijuana-derived oil called CBD. The mother says that since she started using CBD, her daughter’s tumor shrunk considerably. However, Kylee underwent months of chemotherapy before starting CBD.
Because CBD is not proven to treat, cure, or prevent cancer, doctors do not agree with Christina’s choice to seek “holistic therapy” for her daughter. The FDA does not approve of CBD as a cure for cancer. Additionally, no research shows CBD is useful in the treatment or cure of cancer.
As a result of Christina’s denial of standard medical care for cancer, Oregon Department of Human Services stripped her custody of Kylee. With proper treatment of Kylee’s liver, cancer could go into remission. Without the procedure, the teen will die.
Kylee’s removal by authorities has created a massive frenzy all over Facebook. Anti-medical Facebook advocates are accusing the state of Oregon of medically kidnapping Kylee. However, laws in Oregon prevent parents from denying life-saving medical intervention for their children. Children are not the property of their parents and have rights to receive medical care to ensure they survive.
For now, Kylee is safe from her mother’s harmful and misguided belief in CBD as a cancer cure. While she will have a long road ahead of her, she will hopefully survive and thrive into adulthood.
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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