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Police in Arizona kick in door to bring sick boy to hospital

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 16:21:53-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Police in suburban Phoenix are facing criticism for kicking down the door of a home to bring a sick 2-year-old boy to a hospital after his mother refused a doctor's advice to get him to an emergency room.

Officers from Chandler knocked on the door on Feb. 25 to check on the condition of the boy, who earlier in the day had a fever of 105 degrees and was believed to possibly have meningitis.

The parents said the boy was improving after his fever broke and refused repeated requests by officers to open the door.

Authorities then got a court order allowing them to take temporary custody of the boy.

An attorney in the case says the boy ended up having a respiratory infection.