The parents who pulled their cancer-stricken son from a British hospital and spurred an international search for the boy have been ordered to appear Monday in a court in Spain, where they were arrested, police said.
Brett and Naghmeh King took their 5-year-old son, Ashya, who has brain cancer, to France and then Spain late last week, authorities said. Hotel staff members in Malaga, Spain, recognized Ashya and his family from media coverage and contacted police.
Authorities did not confirm what charges the couple will face, but say that "cruelty" could be one of them as suggested by British law.
British police have arrived in Spain to question the parents, Malaga police told CNN. The British Crown Prosecution Service will be working on extradition efforts
The court appearance is part of a European arrest order that was issued by Britain against the couple.
Their arrests came hours after Brett King publicly asserted that he and his wife are not kidnappers and are not neglecting their son.
"We were most disturbed today to find that his face is all over the Internet and newspapers, and we've been labeled as kidnappers, putting his life at risk, neglect," King said in a YouTube video posted Saturday.
"We're very happy with his progress," the father said in the video. "We're not neglecting him."
The father is seen sitting on a bed with his son leaning against him. He points to a machine on the nightstand next to him.