PHOENIX (AP) - Police are looking for a mother who left Phoenix Children's Hospital with her 11-year-old daughter while the child still had a catheter in her heart.
Police Sgt. Steve Martos says detectives are concerned about the girl's welfare. If the catheter isn't removed medically, it could potentially become infected and the girl could die.
Martos says detectives haven't been able to find the girl and her family. They've checked addresses locally and out of state.
The girl was initially brought to the hospital by her parents - identified only as Luis and Norma - to receive treatment for leukemia. That's when a chest catheter was placed into her heart. She also had to have her arm amputated due to infection.
Police say the mother removed the IV from the catheter, changed her daughter's clothes and walked her out of the hospital Wednesday night.