NOTE: Story has been updated. View updates chronologically at bottom of text.
Justina’s is only allowed 2 family members per visit, once per week, for one hour.
BOSTON, MA — A judge has ruled that a Boston teen may continue to be held captive in a hospital and forcibly drugged… indefinitely. The tragic series of events began when a doctor discarded an earlier medical diagnosis and declared another, prompting objections from her parents and threats to discharge her from Boston Children’s Hospital to take her to get a second opinion. An epic battle of egos ensued, and the hospital decided that the parents’ insolence in challenging the doctor was tantamount to child abuse. Without a trial or having broken a specific law, the girl was stripped from her parents’ custody and the state of Massachusetts has kept her indefinitely detained in a hospital since February 2013. Based on the latest ruling, the girl may very well be locked in a psychiatric ward until she turns 18 years old.
MEANWHILE, CHECK OUT MICHAEL GRAHAM’S SITE.
from which we quote in part:
Why Did DCF Cancel Justina’s One-Hour-A-Week Visit With Her Family?
Just heard from Lou Pelletier that he and his wife got a call from DCF after 6pm canceling their one-hour-a-week visit with Justina on Friday at the last second.
“They always call after hours,” Lou noted with irony. It’s amazing how easy it is to get a state worker to stay late if it involves beating the news cycle and punishing a regular citizen.
Justina has already been hit with a ruling ordering her held captive by DCF this week. Now she’ll be isolated from her parents even more. Why is DCF torturing a sick teenage girl like this? As Lou pointed out when we spoke, he and Linda can survive–it’s Justina he’s worried about. She’s the one paying the price.
READ THE REST AT GRAHAM’S SITE.
THE PETITION is posted below. It took until 3/28/2014 (16 days and ONE posting by VOTE CORE VALUES.ORG calling out FAT CAT BRAD JONES for the self-absorbed HOUSE MINORITY NON-LEADER TO SIGN ONTO THE LYONS/LOMBARDO REQUEST): (and again, Jones can’t seem to find a newspaper to talk to, nor a microphone…..only those he can’t stand such as Lyons and O’Connor and others are taking action on this and EBT abuse and other items. Brad is content to just ‘throw tennis balls against tanks’ and then whine that he can’t get anything done with the Democrat extremists he never truly opposes.)
HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4157 FILED ON: 3/12/2014
HOUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No.
|Filed by Messrs. Lyons of Andover, Lombardo of Billerica and other members of the House. March 12, 2014|
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the Year Two Thousand Fourteen
Resolutions Acknowledging Serious Concerns regarding DCF’s handling of the Justina Pelletier Case.
WHEREAS, Lou and Linda Pelletier are the parents of Justina Pelletier and have provided a loving home for their children and in good faith and at the direction of the Chief of Metabolism at Tufts Medical Center, Mr. & Mrs. Pelletier have spent several years treating their daughter for Mitochondrial disease and;
WHEREAS, for the last twelve months Justina Pelletier has been in the care of the Department of Children and Families and her medical condition has deteriorated, and;
WHEREAS, the Department of Children and Families has a stated goal of strengthening the link between families, and government removing children from their parents should occur only in extreme cases where malicious intent, neglect, or the blatant inability to care for the child is present, and;
WHEREAS, there has been no finding of malicious intent or blatant inability of the Pelletiers to care for their daughter Justina, and;
WHEREAS, the Massachusetts House of Representatives has serious concerns about the removal of Justina Pelletier from the custody of her
family and concerns over the process that led to the breaking up of this family; THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED, the members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives strongly encourage the Department of Children and Families to immediately release Justina Pelletier from their custody and reunite her with her parents AND BE IT FURTHER
RESOLVED, THAT A COPY OF THESE RESOLUTIONS BE FORWARDED BY THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.