Permanent custody of Justina Pelletier awarded to Mass. March 25, 2014
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.
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.
Pelletier is at a residential facility in Framingham, Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, and it remains unclear whether or when the state child-protection agency will act on its stated efforts to get the girl back to her home state. Its previous efforts to try to find a residential treatment center for her in Connecticut have failed, largely due to the reluctance of many providers to get involved in a
Mahoney, the parents spokesman, said they are questioning why their daughter has yet to be seen by physicians at Tufts, including her long-time metabolism specialist, Dr. Mark Korson, despite the states stated wish earlier this month to transfer the girls primary medical care from Childrens to Tufts.
She has not been returned to Tufts and hasn't been seen by any doctor from Tufts.