Atty. hopes Ohio Amish family can be home for Xmas

JOHN SEEWER Associated Press Published:

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A lawyer for an Ohio Amish couple who fled their home with their 11-year-old daughter so she wouldn't be forced to get chemotherapy says the family could be home for the holidays but not without a favorable decision from a judge.

Attorney Maurice Thompson said he hopes the judge will issue a ruling soon on medical guardianship of Sarah Hershberger and she and her family can return home to rural northeast Ohio in time for Christmas.

The family left home two months ago just days before an Ohio appeals court allowed a guardian to take over medical decisions for the girl. Since then, the guardian has asked the court to allow her to drop her attempt to force Sarah to resume chemotherapy for her leukemia.