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  • ‘Justina’s Law’ Introduced in Wake of Pelletier Nightmare

    06/30/2014 7:05:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2014 | Matt Barber
    It’s hard to determine where the tragedy begins and the travesty ends. It’s a story that has gripped and enraged a nation. It’s a sordid tale of governmental tyranny, child imprisonment and endangerment, harmful and unethical medical experimentation, as well as a number of gross conflicts of interest. This is the story of a child, Justina Pelletier, who faced 16 long months of child abuse and incarceration at the hands of both Massachusetts government officials and callous medical personnel at Boston Children’s Hospital. Thankfully, due to the actions of Liberty Counsel, a Christian civil rights law firm, powerful media voices...
  • Huckabee's EXCLUSIVE interview with Justina Pelletier who was abducted by Mass. DCF

    06/28/2014 7:36:01 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 22 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | June 28, 2014 | You tube
    Huckabee has been Justina Pelletier's champion for the mast several months. Justina was abducted by Boston's Children's and Mass DCF on the grounds that her disease was all in her head - somatoform disorder.
  • The Shocking Truth About Justina Pelletier’s 16-Month Nightmare

    06/23/2014 3:50:13 PM PDT · by Woodland · 11 replies
    BarbWire ^ | Mat Staver
    Thronged by reporters, supporters, family, and friends, Justina Pelletier returned home Wednesday. Justina’s father, Lou Pelletier, said, “It’s an unbelievably emotional day… I’m still shellshocked. It has been 16 months of torture, but finally justice is being done.” Yet, the joy of Justina’s homecoming is dampened by a harsh reality. This young women has endured a torturous ordeal forced upon her by a powerful state agency that has left her physically and emotionally handicapped.
  • Justina Pelletier's legal nightmare should frighten all parents

    06/19/2014 10:03:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    FOX ^ | Dr. Keith Ablow
    A Massachusetts judge ordered Tuesday that 16-year-old Justina Pelletier be returned to her Connecticut family. His ruling ended a 15-month odyssey that I believe showed that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Boston Children's Hospital were willing to disregard the rights of her parents and, in essence legally "kidnap" her. "We are stunned," Lou Pelletier, her dad, told me minutes ago by phone. "Justina called us with the news herself. We just want to thank everyone who helped us get our daughter home."
  • A Justina's Law is needed to protect other kids like Justina Pelletier

    06/19/2014 7:17:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    minot daily news ^ | Andrea Johnson
    Justina Pelletier finally went home today. Justina is the 16-year-old Connecticut girl who has been held against her will by child welfare officials in Massachusetts for the past 16 months. Her story has resulted in a firestorm of controversy about the treatment of children with rare diseases and parental rights to make medical decisions for their children. The best coverage of the story has probably been provided by The Boston Globe, which did a series of stories a few months ago that can be found here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/12/15/justina/vnwzbbNdiodSD7WDTh6xZI/story.html A story about the girl's homecoming can be found here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/06/17/judge-orders-custody-justina-pelletier-returned-parents/mDWtuGURNawSuObO0pDX4J/story.html As the...
  • Home at last: Justina Pelletier pictured as she leaves state custody after 16-month battle between..

    06/19/2014 7:05:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    mail online ^ | Annette Witheridge
    FULL TITLE: Home at last: Justina Pelletier pictured as she leaves state custody after 16-month battle between her parents and doctors Justina Pelletier, the Connecticut teenager 'kidnapped' by hospital staff 16 months ago, finally returned home to her family today. The grinning 16-year-old was freed from the secure unit she’d been held at after her parents dramatically won custody on Tuesday. 'I’m so happy. I’m so excited,' Justina said, as she celebrated her first taste of freedom. Wheelchair-bound Justina spoke briefly outside the Thompson, Connecticut, residential unit she had been living in for the past month just after 10am. As...
  • Justina Pelletier’s Family Promises to Sue Massachusetts for Abducting Their Daughter

    06/19/2014 6:50:05 PM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The family of Justina Pelletier, the teenage girl at the center of a national parental rights dispute, vows to pursue legal action against the state of Massachusetts for what they say was essentially an abduction of their daughter. Earlier this week, Massachusetts Juvenile Court Judge Joseph Johnston signed the order for Justina to go home following a 16-month dispute between her family and state officials. Lou Pelletier said in a text message, “This battle has been finally won. The WAR will not be won until we stop this from happening to ALL CHILDREN!!” justinapelletier23Pelletier, said, “It’s an unbelievably emotional day…...
  • Justina Pelletier’s Father: Make Sure This Never Happens to Another Child

    06/18/2014 4:36:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    life news ^ | Mat Staver
    In case you missed the exciting news, Massachusetts Juvenile Court Judge Joseph Johnston has signed the order for Justina to go home today. After months of fighting this legal battle on behalf of the Pelletier family, we are thrilled that Justina is finally returning home. Lou Pelletier said in a text message, “This battle has been finally won. The WAR will not be won until we stop this from happening to ALL CHILDREN!!” justinapelletier22bJustina said, “I’m so happy. I’m so excited, oh, my gosh. It’s such big news.” The Pelletier family looks forward to putting this 16-month nightmare behind them....
  • ‘Shocking Note’ Apparently Penned by Justina Pelletier to Her Parents

    04/16/2014 6:53:25 AM PDT · by No One Special · 80 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 15, 2014 | Liz Klimas
    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 she’s 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. “Hury [sic]!” Keith Mason, president of Personhood USA, a group helping lead the Free Justina Coalition, told TheBlaze that Justina gave the note to her parents...
  • Alan Dershowitz offers to help #FreeJustina, says law is CLEAR and on the side of the parents

    03/29/2014 8:20:27 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 32 replies
    http://therightscoop.com ^ | March 29, 2014 | The Right Scoop
    Alan Dershowitz told Huckabee tonight that if everything we know about the #FreeJustina case is true, then this is a horrible abuse of human rights and of civil liberties. He said that Massachusetts law is clearly on the side of the parents, pointing out that if there is a conflict in medical opinion over a child under Massachusetts law, the dispute is settled by the parents, not the hospitals or the state. He even offered to help the parents get custody back of their daughter. Watch:
  • Massachusetts DCF denies Pelletiers weekly visitation with Justina

    03/28/2014 6:01:56 AM PDT · by No One Special · 22 replies
    Personhood USA ^ | March 28, 2014 | Personhood USA
    For the past several months, the Pelletiers have met face-to-face with Justina once weekly in supervised visits of no more than one hour. Now, Massachusetts DCF is denying the Pelletiers visitation with Justina in another blatant act of vindictive punishment. This new act demonstrates DCF's unwillingness to reunite the family and exposes the agency's lack of interest in the welfare of Justina or the Pelletier family. Instead, DCF is concerned with getting back at a family that spoke out against their heavy-handed custody grab. By prohibiting Justina from seeing her family, DCF is treating her differently than all other minors...
  • "Free Justina!" Why Did Massachusetts Take This Sick Girl From Her Parents In The First Place?

    03/27/2014 3:30:19 AM PDT · by suspects · 72 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Graham | Michael
    At the center of the seemingly incomprehensible case of Justina Pelletier lies one very simple, and unanswered, question: What did her mom and dad do to lose custody of their daughter in the first place? Gallons of ink have been poured on this story since last November, when a Connecticut TV station first reported the story of a sick teenager ripped from her family over a medical dispute between two hospitals. But having read every report on the case, including Judge Joseph Johnston’s ruling Tuesday, I can’t find a single claim — substantiated or otherwise — of bad behavior by...
  • Justina Pelletier Case Reaches Its "Watergate" Moment

    04/24/2014 4:15:37 AM PDT · by suspects · 31 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 24, 2014 | Michael Graham
    We’ve now reached the “Watergate” stage of the Justina Pelletier debacle: What does Gov. Deval Patrick know and when did he know it? Justina is the former Tufts Medical Center mitochondrial patient seized by Boston Children’s Hospital and the state Department of Children and Families, who turned her into a somatoform subject. After reports in these pages Friday that she was being denied the opportunity to attend Easter Mass with her devoutly Catholic family, Patrick rushed out a letter to state Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) about accommodations DCF was making. “I see in your letter that you continue to misunderstand...
  • MA's "Reunification" Plan For Justina Pelletier Just A Political Ploy

    05/07/2014 4:35:50 AM PDT · by suspects · 14 replies
    “Why can’t Justina just come home?” Of course that’s the question Lou and Linda Pelletier are asking about the daughter taken from them more than a year ago. As a parent, isn’t it the question you’d ask? That’s not the question the Patrick administration wants people asking in the Justina Pelletier case. They want you asking why Justina’s parents won’t just accept Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz’s family reunification plan. The Patrick administration doesn’t want you asking parenting or medical questions. They’re handling Justina like a political issue. How do I know? Because I saw Justina’s “reunion” plan...
  • Video Shows Conn. Teen Begging Mass. Judge To Let Her Go Home

    06/11/2014 8:39:44 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 16 replies
    boston.cbslocal.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | CBS
    Video Shows Conn. Teen Begging Mass. Judge To Let Her Go Home BOSTON (CBS) – The family of a Connecticut teenager at the center of a custody dispute with the state of Massachusetts has posted a video showing the teen pleading for the judge to let her go home. The video shows Justina Pelletier asking Governor Patrick and Judge Joseph Johnston to let her move back with her family. “All I really want to be with is my family and my friends and that’s all I want is to be with my family and friends back home,” she says. “You...
  • Justice for Justina: Judge orders Connecticut girl to be returned to family

    06/17/2014 2:39:24 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 17,2014 | Fox News
    Justina Pelletier is going home. A Massachusetts judge ordered the 16-year-old Connecticut girl, who was taken from her family by child welfare advocates more than a year ago, to be returned to her mother and father effective Wednesday. The ruling caps a long-running medical custody dispute that began when two highly-respected Boston hospitals clashed over the girl's diagnosis. The case sparked national outrage, and led Lou and Linda Pelletier, of West Hartford, Conn., to wage a bitter legal battle. “To hear the news is overwhelming," Lou Pelletier told FoxNews.com moments after learning of the ruling. "Now we can certainly begin...
  • Boston Globe: Judge Orders DCF to Return Justina Pelletier to Parents

    06/17/2014 2:33:35 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    boston.com ^ | 6/17/14 | Roberto Scalise
    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...
  • Judge Orders Massachusetts DCF to Return Justina Pelletier to Her Parents

    06/17/2014 2:39:39 PM PDT · by Domandred · 10 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6/17/2014 | Jason Howerton
    A juvenile court has ordered the Massachusetts Department of Children and Family to return Justina Pelletier to her parents, the Boston 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, according to the Globe. “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.”
  • Justina Pelletier spends Father’s Day with family

    06/17/2014 8:08:42 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Patricia Wen
    A Connecticut teenager at the center of a 16-month custody battle involving the Massachusetts child protection agency was allowed to spend Father’s Day at home without any state supervision, a sign that her parents may be on the brink of getting full custody of her. “She came home, and we did a barbecue,” Lou Pelletier, her father, said in a telephone interview Sunday night from the family’s West Hartford home. Pelletier said his wife, Linda, who has been staying at a hotel near Justina’s residential treatment center in Thompson, Conn., drove the 16-year-old to the family home early Sunday afternoon....
  • Justice for Justina: Judge orders Connecticut girl to be returned to family

    06/17/2014 5:14:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    FOX ^ | Cristina Corbin and Perry Chiaramonte
    Justina Pelletier is coming home. A Massachusetts judge ordered the 16-year-old Connecticut girl, who was taken from her family by child welfare advocates more than a year ago, to be returned to her mother and father effective Wednesday. The ruling caps a long-running medical custody dispute that began when two highly-respected Boston hospitals clashed over the girl's diagnosis. The case sparked national outrage, and led Lou and Linda Pelletier, of West Hartford, Conn., to wage a bitter legal battle.
  • Justina Pelletier belongs with her family, Massachusetts DCF says in legal motion

    06/11/2014 8:02:42 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 10 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com/ ^ | June 11, 2014 | Cristina Corbin
    The fate of a 16-year-old Connecticut girl at the center of a major medical custody dispute is in the hands of a Massachusetts judge, now that Bay State children's advocates have conceded Justina Pelletier should be returned to her family. In a controversial move, Pelletier was placed in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families more than a year ago, after two reputable Boston hospitals sparred in their diagnosis of the girl. snip In what Justina's attorneys are calling a "dramatic reversal," the Massachusetts DCF filed a motion agreeing that the teenager should be returned to her...
  • Justina Pelletier Begs Massachusetts Judge “Please Let Me Go Home”

    06/11/2014 8:36:53 AM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | by Steven Ertelt
    A judge could rule any day now on Justina Pelletier’s fate. As the pro-life advocates helping her family await that ruling, a new video has surfaced showing Justina asking the judge and Massachusetts state officials who have kept her from her parents to please let her go home. “All I really want to be with is with my family and my friends,” Justina said in the video. “You can do it. You’re the one that’s judging this. Please let me go home Judge Johnson and Gov. Patrick,” Justina continued. “Please, right now. Please let me go home right now. I...
  • Massachusetts May Finally Allow Justina Pelletier to Return Home

    06/09/2014 11:53:52 AM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    After a long legal battle between her family and state officials, Massachusetts may finally have agreed to allow Justina Pelletier to return home to her parents. On Friday, the Massachusetts Health and Human Services (HHS) filed a motion for review of reconsideration and dismissal in the case of Justina Pelletier. This action follows Liberty Counsel’s motion to return Justina home. justinapelletier15The pro-life legal group tells LifeNews the motion indicates that HHS is in agreement to return the custody of Justina to her parents and said it anticipates a court order from Judge Johnson in the near future releasing Justina into...
  • Justina Pelletier Soon To Return Home to Her Family (Video)

    06/08/2014 9:36:43 PM PDT · by This Just In · 19 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | June 8, 2014 | Debra Heine
    Despite recent setbacks, attorneys for Justina Pelletier’s family announced Friday that the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services filed a motion that agrees to send Justina to her home in Connecticut.
  • Motion Filed Today in Court Requests Justina Pelletier Be Returned Home

    05/30/2014 2:51:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Today a significant motion is being filed in the Juvenile Court requesting that Justina Pelletier return to her home to be with her mom and dad, Linda and Lou Pelletier. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) has indicated that it will not object to the Motion for Relief from Judgment filed today to return Justina home. The case is drawing national attention, as Boston Children’s Hospital filed a “medical child abuse” complaint against Justina’s parents last year, leading the state to take custody of her and hospitalize her for almost a year. justinapelletier19The motion comes a week after...
  • Justina Pelletier’s Friends Surprise Her With a 16th Birthday Party

    05/28/2014 7:15:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Justina Pelletier, the teen at the center of a legal battle between the Pelletier family and Boston Children’s Hospital over custody and proper medical treatment, received a surprise 16th birthday party from her friends over the weekend. The case is drawing national attention, as Boston Children’s Hospital filed a “medical child abuse” complaint against Justina’s parents last year, leading the state to take custody of her and hospitalize her for almost a year. justinapelletier18The tragic case has been dragging on for well over a year as pro-life groups have complained about how she has been denied education, religious services or...
  • Justina Pelletier Turns 16 on Saturday and Her Parents Still Don’t Have Custody

    05/21/2014 12:13:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 38 replies
    Life News ^ | Mat Staver
    On Saturday, Justina Pelletier turns 16 years old. I wonder what special plans the Massachusetts’ Department of Children and Families (DCF) have for Justina on her special day, her “sweet sixteen”, a day that comes along just once in a young woman’s life. As a court-ordered ward of the state, Justina is being “parented” and “cared for” by the DCF. justinapelletier6After DCF’s kidnapping of Justina over 15 months ago through a malicious “parent-ectomy,” Justina’s horrific care has been referred to as both “barbaric” and “life-threatening.” This young woman, who was competing in ice skating events just a year and a...
  • Major updates in the case of Connecticut teen Justina Pelletier (nurse speaks out)

    05/01/2014 6:00:26 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    http://www.glennbeck.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Staff
    After months of false leads and dead ends, there have been some promising updates in the case of Connecticut teen Justina Pelletier. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families took custody of Justina after her parents disputed the diagnosis doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital’s handed down. Boston Children’s Hospital said the then 15-year-old had a psychiatric disorder – not mitochondrial disease, which her parents had been treating her for at the direction of another doctor. Though a Boston juvenile court judge recently awarded permanent custody of Justina to the state DCF, it would appear, based on the letter by Massachusetts...
  • Justina Pelletier Declared Ward Of State (Special Petition)

    04/25/2014 2:47:40 PM PDT · by tflabo · 8 replies
    Grassfire ^ | 2.25.14 | By The Grassfire Team
    It’s time for grassroots Americans to rise up and come to the aid of the Pelletier family to end their 14-month nightmare. Take immediate action to stop this heinous, sickening and unconstitutional government overreach by signing the national petition to “Free Justina Now!” Please sign the petition and make phone calls--see below.
  • Justina Pelletier’s Father Says Her Health is Failing: “She Doesn’t Have Much Longer”

    04/21/2014 6:45:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 48 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    On Good Friday, the Pelletier family delivered over 700 “Get Well” cards for Justina Pelletier, the sick teenager who state officials wrongfully took custody of away from her parents. The Pelletier family was not allowed to visit their daughter on Easter Sunday. The news comes after attorneys working with her family released a letter Justina reportedly wrote saying she is not being treated well. Today, pro-life attorney Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel told LifeNews that Justina’s health continues to deteriorate. justinapelletier3“On Good Friday, Justina Pelletier received cards adorned with encouraging scripture and powerful messages of hope from concerned Americans across...
  • Justina Pelletier’s parents launch new legal action to release her from social services

    04/18/2014 3:43:14 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    BOSTON, MA, April 15, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The parents of Justina Pelletier have launched a new offensive in the battle to win custody of their daughter back from the state of Massachusetts, where she has been held against their will for fourteen months because of a disagreement over appropriate medical care. Attorneys with Liberty Counsel filed a writ of habeas corpus Monday demanding that Justina herself be brought before a judge in order to determine whether Judge Joseph Johnston was correct to award permanent custody of the girl to the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Monday’s court filing argues...
  • Justina Pelletier Tells Parents in Secret Letter She is Being “Tortured”

    04/18/2014 3:33:47 PM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Mat Staver
    Lou Pelletier, Justina’s father, has released a photo of a portion of an incriminating letter he says Justina wrote and snuck to them during one of their recent visits. The Pelletier’s weekly visits with Justina are closely guarded and monitored by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF). Obtained from Personhood USA and reported by TheBlaze, the haunting letter contains insight as to how she is being treated while in DCF imprisonment. “‘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...
  • Hundreds of “Get Well” Cards Headed to Justina Pelletier After Parents Denied Easter Visit

    04/18/2014 3:16:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Her parents may have been denied a chance to visit Justina Pelletier on Easter Sunday, but that hasn’t stopped hundreds of supporters from sending the teenager “Get Well” cards. Justina is the sick teenager who state officials wrongfully took custody of away from her parents. The family will not be allowed to visit their daughter on Easter Sunday. The news comes after attorneys working with her family released a letter Justina reportedly wrote saying she is not being treated well. justinapelletier11Today, her sister Jennifer will join her parents for their scheduled weekly visit with Justina. Jennifer will attempt to hand...
  • In Massachusetts, Justina Pelletier "Treated Worse Than A Terrorist"

    04/18/2014 5:44:42 AM PDT · by suspects · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 18, 2014 | Michael Graham
    There is a young person held captive in Massachusetts today who is not allowed to participate in religious ceremonies, or visit family without government agents watching. No, it’s not accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It’s 15-year-old mitochondrial disease patient and nonterrorist Justina Pelletier. U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole Jr. ruled Wednesday that the now-20-year-old charged with four deaths and injuring more than 260 people should be able to see his sisters without an FBI agent present. The feds can appeal, but he says their case would have to be “pretty convincing.” “Can you believe it?” That was Jennifer...
  • Prominent Attorney Alan Dershowitz Says He’d ‘Like to Help Out’ Parents of Justina Pelletier in...

    03/30/2014 6:04:32 PM PDT · by blueyon · 19 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/29/14 | Dave Urbanski
    "Prominent Attorney Alan Dershowitz Says He’d ‘Like to Help Out’ Parents of Justina Pelletier in Custody Battle" Prominent attorney Alan Dershowitz is offering to help the parents of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier reclaim custody of their daughter. Image source: Fox News via The Right Scoop Image source: Fox News via The Right Scoop “I’d like to help out…” the Harvard Law professor and media figure said during an appearance on “Huckabee” Saturday night, noting he’s a member of the Massachusetts bar and could offer his legal expertise. “When you hear about a case like this you scratch your head and you...
  • INTERVIEW: Pelletier Family Reacts After MA Takes Permanent Custody

    03/26/2014 12:08:15 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 25 replies
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  • ‘Permanent’ custody of Justina Pelletier awarded to Mass.

    03/25/2014 3:01:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 147 replies
    BOSTON GLOBE ^ | Patricia Wen
    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. “It’s a huge ruling,” said a person who had been briefed on the decision. “It’s a setback for the parents.” This person said the state, which has had temporary custody of Pelletier for more than a year, has no...
  • Judge Delays Justina Pelletier Ruling While Armed Guards Sit in on Visits

    03/24/2014 7:56:22 AM PDT · by Harmless Teddy Bear · 26 replies
    Liberty Voice ^ | March 23, 2014 | Penny Swift
    Massachusetts Judge Joseph Johnston delayed his promised Justina Pelletier ruling for the sixth time on Friday, stating that he will now issue the ruling on Tuesday March 25, 2014 in a facsimile message. The critically ill teenager’s family has been fighting a custody battle against the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) for more than a year. Meanwhile her older sister Jennifer is pleading with friends and campaigners to do all they can to support Justina. Devastated by the delays in getting medication for her sister, she tweeted Friday that armed guards sit in on visits while she is...
  • Justina Pelletier Call to Action-Girl Taken From Parents, Not Given Medical Treatment

    02/28/2014 2:01:37 PM PST · by Pajamajan · 16 replies
    There is a call to action today for Justina Pelletier. She is the girl who was taken from her family by Mass. DFS because her family did not want her treatment for Mitochondrial Syndrome to be stopped. Since her treatment has been stopped, her condition has deteriorated. She is now in a wheelchair. In spite of the obvious decline in her condition, she has not been returned to her parents. Please go to the site for further information.
  • Justina Pelletier - A Sick Girl Trapped Between Two Hospitals And The State

    02/25/2014 6:54:07 PM PST · by LD Jackson · 38 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 02/25/14 | LD Jackson
    I suspect many who will read this post already know who Justina Pelletier is. For those of you who do not, she is a 15-year-old girl from Connecticut who is trapped in Massachusetts. She was just ordered to a non-medical foster care facility by Judge Joseph Johnson on Monday. I'll try to fill in the back story as briefly as possible, but the details we know are important. Until just over a year ago, Justina Pelletier was living her life as a teenager in Connecticut. She loved to ice skate, if the pictures we have available are any clue. She...
  • Teen In Medical Dispute Sent To Foster Care

    02/25/2014 12:14:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    CBS ^ | Ken MacLeod
    BOSTON (CBS) – A Connecticut couple sobbed outside a Boston courtroom after a legal setback in their yearlong battle to regain custody of their daughter. The state of Massachusetts took charge of Justina Pelletier as her parents and doctors at Children’s Hospital continue to clash over her diagnosis and treatment. The teen’s mom broke down in court. Paramedics wheeled Linda Pelletier from the courthouse Monday afternoon minutes after she collapsed upon hearing a judge order her embattled teenaged daughter into foster care. “This child has been ripped away from this family,” Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition said....
  • Teen Ends Up in Wheelchair After Government Snatches Her From Family

    02/25/2014 8:53:22 AM PST · by OneVike · 23 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 2/25/14 | Mark Overton
    On Monday, Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, appeared before a juvenile court to defend the family of Justina Pelletier against abuse by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).The 15-year-old ice-skating competitor was taken from her parents by DCF, held for over a year, and is now confined to a wheelchair because of maltreatment for a metabolic disorder—simply because her family questioned a diagnosis.Justina’s father, Lou Pelletier, recently spoke to the media about the tragic case involving DCF and Boston Children’s Hospital.Seeking to silence the parents, DCF then filed a complaint to hold the father in...
  • What We Found in a Boston Children’s Hospital Policy Manual About Research on ‘Wards of the State’

    02/24/2014 8:12:51 PM PST · by 1 spark · 43 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/1420/ | Liz Klimas
    “Children who are Wards of the state may be included in research that presents minimal risk…or greater than minimal risk with a prospect of direct benefit.” That’s a line from Boston Children’s Hospital’s “Clinical Investigations Policy and Procedure Manual. It’s the same facility that took over the care of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier against her parents’ wishes last year and they continue to wonder why. The parents of the teen from West Hartford, Conn., at the center of a custody, patient’s rights and medical diagnosis battle have questioned the motives as to why Boston Children’s Hospital countered the medical diagnosis and...
  • Glenn Beck Asks His Audience To Support Justina's Family

    02/19/2014 12:08:13 PM PST · by BornToBeAmerican · 13 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb. 18, 2014 4:45pm | Erica Ritz
    On Tuesday, Glenn Beck implored his listeners to speak up over the case of Justina Pelletier, a 15-year-old who has been at the center of a fierce battle between her parents, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Boston Children’s Hospital. Watch's Beck's emotional appeal for people to help save Jessica before she "wastes away and dies"
  • ‘Wake Up, America!’: Beck Delivers One of the Most Passionate Rants of the Year

    02/19/2014 11:58:05 AM PST · by Errant · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 19 February, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    Glenn Beck said Wednesday that he doesn’t care if just “four people” read the news stories — he wants his network TheBlaze to continue covering 15-year-old Justina Pelletier’s case until it is resolved. “Find every reason to talk about it,” he said. “Turn over every stone. Show me everything that people can do and are doing … this is the most important story to me. Because you have a chance. You have the opportunity to save a woman’s life.” A little more than one year ago, Justina’s parents lost custody of her after disagreeing with a Boston Children’s Hospital diagnosis...
  • No release for Conn. teen caught in hospital dispute

    12/21/2013 1:51:06 PM PST · by Innovative · 19 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Dec 21, 2013 | Neil Swidey and Patricia Wen
    Linda and Lou Pelletier of West Hartford, Conn., went into juvenile court in Boston on Friday hoping a judge would return custody of their 15-year-old daughter to them. Justina’s life has been in limbo for more than 10 months, as the teenager has remained in state custody at Boston Children’s Hospital, mostly in a locked psychiatric ward, while her parents, doctors, and lawyers fought over her future. Dr. Mark Korson, the chief of metabolism at Tufts, had been treating Justina for that disorder (mitochondrial disease) for more than a year and had sent her to Children’s only because her Tufts...
  • Dad Breaks Gag Order To Speak Out About Why a Hospital is Holding His Daughter Against His Will

    02/17/2014 3:11:38 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 37 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | Liz Klimas
    The last time Lou Pelletier spoke with his 15-year-old daughter was Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day. For this father of four, though, the day held a different meaning for his youngest valentine: It marked one year since she was taken and placed in a psychiatric ward against her parents’ will. “We need help,” Lou Pelletier told TheBlaze in an exclusive interview, explaining why he made the decision to break a judge’s gag order and talk about the situation. “I’m trying to save my daughter’s life,” he said. “While still being able to live,” Jessica, one of Justina’s older sisters, added....
  • Family battling Massachusetts hospital to bring daughter home

    12/21/2013 5:51:00 AM PST · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Eyewitness News ^ | Decccccc20, 2013 | Karen Lee, Joseph Wenzel IV
    The saga goes back to February. The 15-year-old was getting treated for Mitochondrial Disease, which affects the muscles. When symptoms grew worse, Justina Pelletier ended up at Boston Children's Hospital. Doctors there came up with a startling diagnosis. They said Justina wasn't physically sick, but mentally sick with Somatoform Disorder. It's a mental illness where someone actually experiences physical pain. When her parents tried to take her out of the hospital, they were stopped. It's now become a custody battle between the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families and her parents.
  • Justina Pelletier Case Shows That Psychiatric Power is Out of Control

    12/27/2013 10:54:05 PM PST · by MarMema · 12 replies
    Mad in America ^ | 12-27-2013 | Ted Chabasinski
    Justina Pelletier is a fifteen-year-old girl from Connecticut who was born prematurely and suffers from mitochondrial disease, a little-known and somewhat controversial metabolic disorder. For over a year, she had been treated for this condition, also afflicting her older sister, by Dr. Mark Korson, a well-regarded specialist in metabolic diseases at Tufts Medical Center. Last February, her parents, who had become alarmed when a heavy case of the flu led to a serious deterioration in the child’s condition, brought her to Boston Children’s Hospital. BCH is a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School. The idea was that while there she...
  • ‘It’s Kidnapping’: Hospital Takes Custody of Teen Because Her Parents Were ‘Too Active in Pursuing’

    11/20/2013 4:04:12 PM PST · by lowbridge · 43 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | november 20, 2013 | Liz Klimas
    A 15-year-old is stuck in a Boston hospital after the medical facility took custody of her when her parents argued against her diagnosis. For the last nine months, Justina Pelletier has been sneaking messages to her parents in Connecticut through folded origami notes. “It is kidnapping,” Lou Pelletier, the girl’s father, told WTIC-TV. The local news station investigated the case, for which a judge later issued a gag order, and has the background leading up to the ongoing custody battle: