A New Mexico couple is facing child abuse charges after their son died from untreated cancer.
According to Newsweek, Maria Urias-Astorga and Ramiro Miranda-Quinonez said they did not see a doctor because they had no insurance. Police say they neglected the 14-year-old by not getting him the medical help he needed.
Reports say the married couple did not seek medical help due to not having Medicaid. The parents tried treating their son with herbal remedies themselves.
Captain Anthony Tapia of the Santa Fe Police Department said police were called after the teenager died. Tapia described the case as tragic.
“It was just a tragedy case to where he really needed medical care that should have taken place long before,” Tapia added.
Tapia explained his department investigated a possible case of child abuse as the teen’s tumor had been left untreated.
On September 7, the teen had been admitted to a hospital in Santa Fe. When he was in grave condition, he was transferred to the Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque.
“The child had a large cancerous tumor encompassing the whole left side of his body,” Tapia said.
According to the affidavit, the teenager had not visited a doctor for two years.
When the boy died, police searched the home and later arrested the parents who were eventually charged with child abuse.
Doctors say if the teen had received treatment sooner, he would most likely have survived.