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LONDON (AP) — A British court has rejected a request from the parents of a comatose boy to allow them to move their son to a hospice when hospital doctors withdraw his life-support treatment.

Barring any further legal action, the decision would open the door for doctors at the Royal London Hospital to end life-sustaining treatments for 12-year-old Archie Battersbee.

He has been in a coma since early April and doctors believe he is brain dead.

“I return to where I started, recognizing the enormity of what lays ahead for Archie’s parents and the family. Their unconditional love and dedication to Archie is a golden thread that runs through this case,” High Court Judge Lucy Thies wrote. “I hope now Archie can be afforded the opportunity for him to die in peaceful circumstances, with the family who meant so much to him as he clearly does to them.”

Archie’s care has been the subject of weeks of legal battles as his parents sought to force the hospital to continue life-sustaining treatments and doctors argued there was no chance of recovery and he should be allowed to die.

The family asked for permission to move Archie to a hospice after British courts ruled it was in his best interests to end treatment, and the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene. The hospital said Archie’s condition was so unstable that moving him would hasten his death.

The dispute is the latest U.K. case pitting the judgment of doctors against the wishes of families. Under British law, it is common for courts to intervene when parents and doctors disagree on the treatment of a child. In such cases, the best interests of the child take primacy over the parents’ right to decide what they believe is best for their offspring.

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'I Just Killed Someone': Bensalem Boy Admits To Murder Over Instagram Video Call, Police Say

A 16-year-old teenage boy is being charged as an adult with murder after police say he told a friend that he had just killed someone and then showed them the victim's bloodied legs and feet of his alleged victim, authorities in Pennsylvania said.

Police received a 9-1-1 call on Friday, Nov. 25 saying a teen later identified as Joshua Cooper showed a 16-year-old friend the body and admitted to killing the victim over Instagram video, police in Bensalem said. He then asked the friend to help him dispose of the body.

Officers responding to Cooper's trailer home at Top of the Ridge Trailer park spotted him running out of one of the trailer's, and found an alleged attempt to clean up the crime scene around 4:10 p.m., police said.

Police found the body of a girl with a gunshot wound on the bathroom floor of the home, authorities said.

Other responding officers conducted a search for Cooper, who was stopped in the area of Newport Mews Drive and Groton Drive and taken into custody.

He was charged as an adult with the following crimes: Criminal Homicide, Possessing Instruments of Crime and Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence. He was arraigned by District Justice Wertman, denied bail and sent to the Edison Juvenile Detention Center. 

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Detective Ryan Kolb at (215) 633-3746 or Detective Shawn Smith at (215) 633-3687 or submit an anonymous tip below.

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