Anti-Chemo Mom Duped Into Calif. Trip: Filmmaker

He flew them back to Minnesota after they were abandoned
By A Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2009 3:25 PM CDT
Anti-Chemo Mom Duped Into Calif. Trip: Filmmaker
Colleen Hauser, the mother of 13-year-old Daniel Hauser arrives at the Brown County Courthouse for a hearing yesterday.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

The film producer who flew Daniel Hauser and his anti-chemotherapy mom back to Minnesota says they were lured to California by a lawyer who promised to sneak them into Mexico for alternative cancer treatment. Alan Pezzuto tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Susan Daya abandoned the Hausers as soon as a fugitive arrest warrant was issued.

“She took two people who were naive about the judicial and medical systems and, for self-serving reasons, enticed them to leave Minnesota,” Pezzuto says of Daya, who then “abandoned” the Hausers within a day “when the water got too hot.” The Hausers, he added, were “out of their element.” “They are wonderful, honest people who would give you the shirt off their back. And they’d been sold a bill of goods.”
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