Skip to comments.‘Permanent’ custody of Justina Pelletier awarded to Mass.
Posted on 03/25/2014 3:01:56 PM PDT by Morgana
A long-running child custody case took a dramatic turn Tuesday, when a Massachusetts juvenile court judge awarded permanent custody of teen-ager Justina Pelletier to the state Department of Children and Families.
The ruling by Judge Joseph Johnston leaves it up to the agency, not the court, to decide whether or when Pelletier should be returned to her West Hartford, Conn., home.
Its a huge ruling, said a person who had been briefed on the decision. Its a setback for the parents.
This person said the state, which has had temporary custody of Pelletier for more than a year, has no immediate plans to have the 15-year-old sent back home, or to a facility in her home state.
But a decision to award permanent custody can be revisited by the judge after six months, at the parents request. The judge made his order retroactive to late December, so a review could occur as soon as early summer.
Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Washington D.C.-based Christian Defense Coalition, who has become the parents spokesman, said Tuesday that Lou and Linda Pelletier are outraged by the decision, though they have yet to get a written copy of it.
There is no reason Justina should not be returned immediately back to the parents, he said.
Mahoney said the parents continue to believe that their daughter is being treated as a pawn and piece of property.
Judge Johnston also denied a request by out-of-state lawyer Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel in Florida to represent the girls parents.
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God damned evil bastards.
I’m sorry, God.
I would view this as nothing but kidnapping if this were to happen with any of my children, and I would treat it accordingly. The responsible individuals have to sleep somewhere....
This is what happens when the Govt has too much power..THEY decide what happens to a child, NOT the parents..this is kidnapping and this will continue to happen under Obamacare..Govt decides what is best for the “Collective” not the parents
Which party appointed this judge? I’ll give you a hint, it starts with Dumb.
I knew this was coming because of the judge’s repeated delays in delivering his decision. If he was going to return custody to the parents, he would have done so almost immediately and no shilly shallying about.
What is the family going to do now. Can they appeal to a higher court, to federal court?
I think this despicable judge is simply trying to absolve himself of ANY responsibility for this tortured girl when he decided to assign responsibility to the State.
Both the involved hospital, the State and this Judge ARE RESPONSIBLE for this girl’s condition. They are doing all they can to keep her out of the hands of medical doctors who could render a diagnosis at odds with THEIR diagnosis and treatment.
Perhaps only once the girl is dead and an autopsy conducted will any of these vile creatures admit that “well, maybe she did suffer from more than neurosis”.
EVERY single one of the girl’s tormentors need to be fired, have their professional credentials revoked and sued into lifetime poverty.
This is a self fulfilling ruling. They have concluded she has psychiatric conditions, keep her in a locked facility and after treatment, she undoubtedly will have psychiatric conditons. I suspect she will not be released when she reaches majority, if she lives that long and the state can keep her forever to assure proof that they are right.
This is the young woman before
... and after State interference.
Kidnapping with the force of law behind the perps.
I saw this on Fox a couple of times-as for the judge and the state-que Dios los castigue...
I hope no parent ever trusts an institution of any kind again-get a lawyer first. I hope these parents get their daughter back on appeal-and a hefty settlement, too...
Why is it that “liberals” always turn into jack booted fascists?
[ because they already are]
“...once the girl is dead and an autopsy conducted...” If there’s an autopsy, it will say whatever the state wants it to say, and the remains will be quickly cremated before the parents know anything about it.
Mr. Pelletier should just tell the Democratic judge that he’s a child molester, and then the judge will give him custody back in a heartbeat on the grounds that he deserves “a second chance”.
That isn’t what they need.
I’ll leave it at that.
The judge should be taken out of the picture by those who are more sensible and the replacement judge should be judged by the more sensible.
Sadly not unbelievable. Some states and the feds are completely out of control.
This is ####ed up.
Maybe she’s like the girl on “Believe”.
Sorry, but if I were her father, I would hunt down this judge and give him the opinion of my model 700. Up close and in person. We have reached the point where a family cannot keep its children. That to me is too far, and extra-judicial means become justified. I will be damned if some judge will tell me I cannot keep my child in my family...Time to take action is now....
This is stunning and I think there is more to this story. We were in a four year battle to obtain custody of my then three yo niece. Her mother, not married but living with the father was killed in a car accident. The father had a criminal record of drugs, theft, weapons charges and assault with a deadly weapon. At the time of her death there was a warrant for his arrest. He was never employed, had a dishonorable discharge as well as a diagnosed mental illness. There was evidence of child sexual abuse of his other child by a previous marriage.
The county we lived in did everything they could to reunite him with this child. ( In the best interest of the child) Everything, including lying and falsifying evidence. We eventually gained permanent custody but it was a long climb up. Incidentally, twenty-five years later he is in prison for first degree murder, serving a life sentence........we were right.
This is unlike any child protective service I have ever heard of.
I pray she survives and sues the living crap out of them when she is able to get out.
That judge needs to be disbarred and everyone involved in taking this child from her parents, should be brought up on kidnapping charges.
This is INSANE!!!!
Two things come to mind. Habeas Corpus or emancipation.
All your children are belong to us. - State of Massachusetts.
Let me second that motion. These "civil" issues can no longer be resolved by "being civil." If the state insists on tyranny, let it reap its own reward.
So what’s really going on with this girl? I can’t help thinking there’s something fairly basic about this situation that isn’t making it into these stories. Is there an allegation that the parents are causing some or all of the problem?
And you would be wrong. He was appointed by Governor Swift, a Republican.
This judge has an address.
Organize a march on his home and courthouse. Hundreds with placards, maybe thousands. They need to make a big, big stink outta this deal in public.
The only press the parents get is from The Blaze and Beck.
I’m less concerned by Putin and Karzai than what our own government is doing to us right here and now.
Being in an institution like that, she WILL become crazy..this is what happens when liberals run things, this is what they do..if Im a parent and I have a sick child I would be terrified to bring him/her to the hospital, this can happen to ANYONE
I’m speechless over this also-—it makes no sense.
I wonder if there’s something we aren’t being told although the way thing are today nothing would surprise me.
What a world.
Ah yes! Fat Jane from North Adams. Quite the RINO was she!
This case is also getting press on “The Howie Carr Show,”
a radio show broadcast every weekday afternoon from Boston to all six New England states and beyond.
The state of MA is purposely murdering this child.
It’s a final judgment and fully appealable.
I wonder if the dad puts out the call, if patriots would respond. Go and get your child.
I’m with you.
A precedent has been set. Mission complete. Beware of what lies ahead. It’s coming, folks.
Would be awesome if the SEALs intervened, but that would only get them assigned to a doomed helicopter ride in some remote place like Extortion 17 was.
The judge is a Republican, appointed by Governor Swift.
Republicans don’t do this, so he must be one IN NAME ONLY, like Boehner, Graham, McCain, blah blah blah.
Just seems like there has to be moment. A moment when citizens say enough is enough. Some sort of spark. Are only the people in Venezuela and Ukraine brave enough to take to the streets? I wish the dad would put out the call. Thousands of activists storming the hospital and rescuing this poor girl could be the start of something bigger...
Terry was made into a test case giving the Government the right to kill us if the government decides we have a low quality of life. Is this young girl some kind of test case too? Is this case for setting some kind of precedent to allow the state to arbitrarily decide to take the children away if the state disagrees with how the parents are raising their children.