Skip to comments.Boston Globe: Judge Orders DCF to Return Justina Pelletier to Parents
Posted on 06/17/2014 2:33:35 PM PDT by cotton1706
juvenile court judge has ordered the Massachusetts Department of Children and Family to return Justina Pelletier to her parents, according to the Boston Globe.
The Globe reports:
I find that the parties have shown by credible evidence that circumstances have changed since the adjudication on Dec. 20, 2013, that Justina is a child in need of care and protection pursuant to G.L. c. 199, 24-26., Judge Joseph Johnston wrote in the ruling. Effective Wednesday, June 18, 2014, this care and protection petition is dismissed and custody of Justina is returned to her parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier.
Pelletier was placed in DCF custody after doctors at Childrens Hospital expressed concern that her parents were demanding unnecessary and potentially harmful treatment for their daughter, a charge the parents and other doctors have vociferously denied.
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Now, she can actually get better instead of wasting away and dying! I hope they never again set foot in Massachusetts!
Hallelujah! Best news I’ve read all day!!
For some reason Gov. Patrick wanted to see her dead. Maybe he changed his mind.
Good! Now drag everyone involved in kidnapping and imprisoning that child into the public square and put them in stocks for a month.
The entire incident was a disgracefully handled. I hope her parents sue the hospital and the doctor involved. Throw in the DCF if possible.
I'm wondering if we won't reach a point where people won't get medical help when they're sick, if they risk being put in state custody or quarantine. I also don't think it's impossible that at some point in the future the state will be able to take children from houses where parents smoke, have guns, refuse to put their children on mind-warping meds,..... ( I'm going all tin foil hat, so what)
Can this decision be appealed, or is it definite? The people with a vested interest in keeping this child from her parents are, imho, terrified of the prospect of losing custody. First, they fear the interviews & the dissemination of info regarding their bureaucratic overreach & bullying tactics, but most of all they fear a major lawsuit. Anything that postpones their day of reckoning will be seen by them as a good thing.
“I also don’t think it’s impossible that at some point in the future the state will be able to take children from houses where parents smoke, have guns, refuse to put their children on mind-warping meds,..... ( I’m going all tin foil hat, so what)”
Actually that isn’t too far away. IIRC on the questionaire that we have to fill out before my son’s annual checkup it asks if there are guns in the house or that if we smoke, drink, etc... We answer a curt NO when asked, because it’s none of their damn business.
That would be the route most of us would take, but the doctors who were treating her were at Tufts.
According to DCF, the parents’ conduct has improved to the point that they can take her home. I would guess that the parents were required to sign forms promising not to sue and not to talk about the situation in order to get their child back.
“Three months ago, in a sharply worded opinion highly critical of the parents conduct, the judge gave permanent custody of Justina to the Mass. DCF, and said he believed psychological issues explained much of the teenagers ailments.
“However, top officials at DCF earlier this month filed papers with the judge suggesting the parents had made significant progress and recommended that custody return to the parents.”
‘I would guess that the parents were required to sign forms promising not to sue and not to talk about the situation in order to get their child back.’
Well you guessed wrong. Lou Pelletier has “promised a ‘firestorm’ of legal action after his daughter is returned”
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2659234/Justina-Pelletier-celebrates-Fathers-Day-home-state-prepares-return-parents-custody-STILL-dispute-doctors-diagnosis.html#ixzz34wLDLrwX
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