An Oregon mother that kidnapped her daughter and refused to treat her daughter’s cancer turned herself in to authorities. Prosecutors in Portland, Oregon charged Christina Dixon with two counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment and two counts of first-degree custodial interference related to her 13-year-old daughter’s treatment for liver cancer.
According to court records, Christina Dixon turned herself in early Thursday morning related to charges to her daughter’s cancer treatment. In June, Dixon fled Oregon with her daughter, Kylee, after doctor’s ordered surgery to remove a tumor on Kylee’s liver.
Christina Dixon told authorities that she did not believe her daughter needed surgery or other medical interventions to treat Kylee’s cancer. Instead, the mother thought that CBD oil could shrink the tumor and cure her daughter’s aggressive liver cancer.
When the mother failed to bring her daughter to the hospital for her surgery, authorities issued a missing person bulletin for the teen. The FBI located Christina and her daughter in Las Vegas a few days later. Once they found Kylee, Child Protective Services took custody of the teen and the management of her cancer.
Despite the removal of Kylee from her custody, Christina continued to fight the court to provide her daughter with alternative cancer treatments. Earlier this month a judge ordered that the teen continue to undergo traditional cancer treatments recommended by her doctor.
“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.”
In July, police charged Christina Dixon with multiple counts of criminal mistreatment and custodial interference. Police issued a warrant for her arrest on August 15. Dixon turned herself in shortly after they issued the warrant.At her arraignment, a judge set the mother’s bail at $100,000.00. As a term of her release, she is not allowed to talk to her daughter about her treatment or attend any of her medical appointments.
According to doctors treating Kylee, they believe there is a 70% chance they can stop the spread of her liver cancer with surgery. Christina Dixon believes that she reduced her daughter’s tumor by 90% by using CBD. However, there is no medical evidence or scientific data to support her claim.
Authorities report that Kylee is doing well and responding well to treatment. Christina Dixon faces up to 15-years in prison if she is convicted on the charges.
On Facebook, a group dedicated to updating people on Christina’s case believe that the state has medically kidnapped Kylee. However, if the state had not intervened, Kylee would have died under her mother’s care. Despite Christina’s distrust of the medical community, parents cannot deny their children life-saving medical treatment in Oregon.
Thankfully for Kylee, the state stepped in and saved her from a certain death she faced with her mother. For now, Kylee is safe and will continue her treatment.
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles related to trending topics and crime on her column.