Skip to comments.‘Shocking Note’ Apparently Penned by Justina Pelletier to Her Parents
Posted on 04/16/2014 6:53:25 AM PDT by No One Special
The Connecticut teen who has been in state custody for more than a year after her parents were accused of medical child abuse after disputing a diagnosis has apparently penned a note, giving a look into how she says shes being treated.
They hurt me all the time push me all the time and more, the purported note from Justina Pelletier says. It also says [they] do not let me sleep vary [sic] much.
Keith Mason, president of Personhood USA, a group helping lead the Free Justina Coalition, told TheBlaze that Justina gave the note to her parents a few weeks ago.
There has been some hesitation to release it because of how tyrannical the DCF has been, Mason said.
Mason called the note troubling and said its part of the reason weve put a lot of urgency on this campaign. He said he thinks Justina is referring to her treatment by DCF employees and staff at Wayside Youth and Family Network, a facility in Framingham, Mass., where Justina has been living for the last few months as a ward of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.
Lou Pelletier, Justinas father, told TheBlaze that Justina snuck her parents the note.
Shes very intelligent and figures out ways to sneak us stuff, he said. Shes been risking life and limb to get any bit of information to us.
In-person visits with Justina, which happen once a week on Fridays, are supervised by DCF staff, he said.
Pressed for more details about the note, including why some of the content was cut off at the top in the image provided, Lou Pelletier became animated, frequently citing his frustration with the case and said published news reports seem to have resulted in DCF crackdowns on allowing Justina to communicate with them.
Shes being allowed to be tortured in this country, Ill leave it at that, he said.
Personhood USA, which originally released the image in its press release, did not immediately return a request from TheBlaze for a complete image of the note.
The case surrounding 15-year-old Justina began last year when her parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier, brought her to Boston Childrens Hospital to see a gastrointestinal specialist while she was suffering from the flu. Justina had previously been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease by a doctor at Tufts Medical Center. She had been receiving treatment for the disorder, which manifests itself in various ways, impacting the function of the energy producing organelles of cells.
When admitted to Boston Childrens, her parents say, another doctor disagreed with the mitochondrial disease diagnosis, saying she had somatoform, a psychiatric disorder, instead. When the Pelletiers disagreed with physicians proposed plan to remove Justina from her treatments for mitochondrial disorder in favor of psychiatric treatments, they tried to discharge her to take her to Tufts. At this time, they served with a 51A, a report of alleged physical or emotional abuse.
On Feb. 14, 2013, the state stepped in and took emergency custody of Justina. Over the course of the next year, the Pelletiers appeared in juvenile court several times, fighting to get their daughter back. Most movement in the case occurred in the first months of 2014, when a judge ordered Justina to be moved from Boston Childrens. The most recent decision by Judge Joseph Johnson in late March to allow DCF to retain custody of Justina, making the familys next opportunity to appeal in juvenile court May 20.
DCF isnt listening, the judge sure isnt listening where we have left to go? Mason said, explaining why the family ultimately decided to allow the release of Justinas note.
This shocking note reveals for the first time, in Justinas own words, how she is being abused by Massachusetts DCF. The Pelletiers are devastated to see how their daughter is being mistreated while under the custody of the State of Massachusetts, Rev. Patrick Mahoney, the Pelletiers spokesperson, said in a statement.
Sadly, Justinas own words paint a picture of mistreatment by DCF that we can see for ourselves, he continued. Fourteen months ago, when she was removed from her home, she was taking part in ice-skating competitions and living an active life. Under the care of DCF, she is in now a wheelchair and can barely walk. She has not been allowed to attend church, and has not been given her individualized education program which is required by federal law.
On Monday, the familys lawyers filed an appeal to the states Supreme Judicial Court. The petition requests for custody of Justina to be removed from DCF and restored to her parents.
This case comes down to the simple fact that new doctors at Boston Childrens Hospital, who had no experience with Justina, came up with a different diagnosis than her expert treating physicians at Tufts Medical Center, Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, said in a statement. The state cannot take children from their parents when the parents make reasonable choices for their medical care. This case is outrageous.
Mason also said the Free Justina Coalition is focusing its efforts toward reaching out to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to get involved in the situation.
DCF did not immediately respond to TheBlazes request for comment regarding the note.
This story has been updated to include comments from Lou Pelletier.
She will be 16-years-old this summer. Shouldn’t she begin petitioning for emancipation?
God I’m so pissed. May the wrath of God come upon these people who are responsible for this.
If she was mooslime, Deval would make sure she was able to pray all she wanted.. with a free of charge prayer rug, special room, their stupid book etc.
“Shes very intelligent “
She misspelled “vary”
I’ve got to be missing something from this story. I can’t believe that this would occur as presented. There must be something left out.
This could be as simple as an iodine deficiency.
But for Huckabee this evil would have gone unnoticed, so a little prayer for him, too.
Gee thats an appropriate criticism of a young lady in her position. It makes you look like such a good person to be checking her spelling.
The doctors who initiated the action had a financial interest in using her for research through grants.
From my reading of the multitude of articles it appears to be due to that financial interest, but now involves a bureaucracy which refuses to admit it was wrong. They are even willing to let this girl die rather than admit error.
In my extended life span there would have been a time I would have absolutely called BS on such a thing going on in America, but after observing the Democrats over the years, and seeing them change from pack of idiots to radical pack of idiots, and they having succeeded in their quest for leadership in almost every aspect of this Nations government in spite of they being the minority (which they are) I fear the truth is in the unbelievable.
My tagline of many years here at FR means the Leftist’s, the people doing as the article states are unbalanced.
Democrats must be eliminated from the administration of this free nation IF we desire to remain that way. Dems, Libs, Socialists, call ‘em what you will suck.
Could be as simple as being under stress whil surreptitiously penning a proscribed note. She also has not been in school for over a year. Skills can recede quickly when not used.
Her intelligence varies.
What I would do if I were her at this point is escape.
If that be the case, I’d take my daughter by force if necessary and let them try and come get me.
“What I would do if I were her at this point is escape.”
She can’t walk.
This complaint reads like any overnight stay at medical facility
The couple has other kids but yeah I cannot imagine living through something like this.
And for a judge to issue a gag order on the family. Truly out of control govt.
One of the most brilliant financial analysts I have ever known cannot spell a lick. Good spelling and proper grammar are not the only indicators of intelligence.