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Judge Returns Custody of Justina Pelletier to Her Parents

Family will finally be reunited Wednesday morning.

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Paula Bolyard

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June 17, 2014 - 5:26 pm
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On Tuesday a Massachusetts juvenile court judge ordered the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to return custody of Justina Pelletier to her parents. 

“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.”

In the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families since February 2013, the Connecticut teen spent most of last year at Boston Children’s Hospital, where her parents had taken her for flu-like symptoms. Doctors there disagreed with her Tufts Medical Center doctors who had diagnosed her with mitochondrial disease in 2011 and instead said her symptoms were caused by somatoform disorder, a mental disorder. Doctors reported to Massachusetts Department of Children and Families that they suspected medical abuse and the state refused to release Justina to her parents, setting off the 16-month ordeal for the Pelletier family.

Justina’s release came days after a video was released showing the teenager begging to return to her family.

The Courant reported Justina’s parents’ responses upon learning of their daughter’s impending release:

Justina’s mother, Linda Pelletier, who has been staying in a hotel near the JRI Susan Wayne Center for Excellence in Thompson where their daughter is being held, got a call from the facility’s director around 3:45 p.m., Lou Pelletier said. The director told her that the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families had received word that custody of Justina would return to her family, he said.

Pelletier said Justina called him from his wife’s cell phone and was “screaming” with happiness.

“Right now it’s ‘Get her home, get the healing going,’ then we’ll deal with the people who put Justina in this horrific physical condition,” Pelletier said.

Matt Staver from the Liberty Council filed a motion on May 30 saying that the family had complied with the terms of a reunification plan issued by John W. Polanowicz, the Massachusetts secretary of Health and Human Services. Staver released a statement on Tuesday saying, “We are thrilled that Justina will finally be returning home.” He added, “The family looks forward to putting this 16-month nightmare behind them. Justina and her family now begin the process of healing both physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”

 

In addition to writing for PJ Tatler and PJ Lifestyle, Paula also writes for Ohio Conservative Review, and RedState. She is co-author of a new Ebook called, Homeschooling: Fighting for My Children’s Future. She is a member of the Wayne County Executive Committee. Paula describes herself as a Christian first, conservative second, and Republican third.

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Hmm - I smell a lawsuit in the wind - and a big fat one at that. Sue their asses off I say! Serves them right. Make it personal - just like they did you you and your daughter.

23 weeks ago
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Next steps:

1) Get her back over the border - out of the People's Republic of Massachusetts.

2) Move the entire family to a State that will guarantee that they will not "extradite" any of them back to ANY of the Soviet States of Amerika.

3) Make sure the new residence is unknown - and fully secured against Federal Gestapo forces.

4) Then, and ONLY then, file the civil rights lawsuit. Until you have your daughter and the rest of the family secure from physical abduction and/or grievous harm, it is not safe to fight back against the Commisars.
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Two points come strongly to my mind:
First, where did the state of Taxachussetts get the idea that they had jurisdiction over a minor who was resident in Connecticut?
Second, where the hell was Connecticut when its minor resident was being held against her will by Taxachussetts?
There are rare, legitimate cases for taking a minor from the parents' care even if the minor prefers to remain with the parents. Nothing I heard about this case seemed remotely to justify the action.
22 weeks ago
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Sue them with the country's biggest pitbull attorney. Discovery should be a riot.
22 weeks ago
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Hmm - I smell a lawsuit in the wind - and a big fat one at that. Sue their asses off I say! Serves them right. Make it personal - just like they did you you and your daughter.

23 weeks ago
23 weeks ago Link To Comment
Next steps:

1) Get her back over the border - out of the People's Republic of Massachusetts.

2) Move the entire family to a State that will guarantee that they will not "extradite" any of them back to ANY of the Soviet States of Amerika.

3) Make sure the new residence is unknown - and fully secured against Federal Gestapo forces.

4) Then, and ONLY then, file the civil rights lawsuit. Until you have your daughter and the rest of the family secure from physical abduction and/or grievous harm, it is not safe to fight back against the Commisars.
23 weeks ago
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