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A Massachusetts judge ordered 16-year-old Connecticut teen Justina Pelletier, who was taken from her family by child welfare advocates more than a year ago, to be returned to her mother and father 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 began when the girl's parents disagreed with a psychiatric diagnosis given by Boston Children's Hospital and said they wanted their daughter returned to her original physician at Tufts Medical Center, who had previously treated Pelletier for mitochondrial disease, a group of rare genetic disorders affecting cellular energy production. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families moved in, claiming Justina was the victim of "medical child abuse."

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The emotional toll on Pelletier and her family is one that cannot be measured, Staver said. She has missed out on two years of education, Staver said, and went from becoming a competitive figure skater to being confined in a wheelchair.

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About Frick'in Time!

Not a big fan of lawyers but in this case I hope these folks clean the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families clock. I have never read such a obvious case of government over-reach followed by some amazing CYA.

#1 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-17 06:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

DCF's handling of girl's medical case called 'gigantic overreach' by Greater Lowell reps

BOSTON -- Blasting the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families for "breaking up" a Connecticut family, a bipartisan group of state representatives is calling for the sick teenager at the center of a yearlong court battle to be released from state custody into her parents' care.

The group, led by Republican Reps. Marc Lombardo of Billerica and Jim Lyons of Andover, is also calling on the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight to launch an investigation into the DCF's handling of the Justina Pelletier case.

"You have two fine hospitals, two different diagnoses," Miceli said. "The bottom line in the whole argument, as far as I'm concerned, is unless the parents were abusing this youngster and doing something wrong -- and everyone involved is saying they haven't -- I think jurisdiction belongs to the parents."

Read more: www.lowellsun.com

#2 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-17 06:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

Savage toll of abuse for children in DCF care

More than 95 have died since '01, state reports say

www.bostonglobe.com

#3 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-17 06:32 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Thats her parents.

#4 | Posted by SkippyT at 2014-06-17 08:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

A terrible ordeal for the family and the young lady, thankfully she is back with her family.

Unlike the 20 first grade kids, murdered by a gun-nut in New Town Connecticut
The NRA and the GOP would like us to forget the New Town babies ...But I will never forget them, as long as I live ....NEVER

#5 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-06-17 08:59 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Way to stay on topic there

#6 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2014-06-18 07:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

one of those rare moments where i agree with paneocon

child services ultra liberal hippie are causing more abuse than the parents they are accusing.

most of them probably don't have kids but somehow know what is best for them.

#7 | Posted by klifferd at 2014-06-18 08:51 AM | Reply | Flag:

Family Law, while pretending to be concerned about "the best interest of the children" is more like a mad elephant on an ant hill, crushing well intended parents right and left, emotionally and financially. Like so many Government functions, they operate more and more like a monopoly business.

Halle Berry was just ordered to pay $16,000 a month in child support. What has this got to do with "the best interest of the children"?ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. What it really has to do with is, since Clinton, State Child Support Agencies are provided Federal matching funds for every child support dollar that they collect in child support.

#8 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-06-18 12:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

I sure hope there is a giant civil suit and many jobs lost over this.

#9 | Posted by salamandagator at 2014-06-18 12:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

"a giant civil suit and many jobs lost over this"

yea right .. crappy government officials that suck at their job never lose it. they get promoted instead.

#10 | Posted by klifferd at 2014-06-18 01:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

In the McMartin case, a jury convicted day care providers of rape, sodomy, devil worship and goat sacrifice in the bathroom of a heavily trafficked day care center, The McMartin's lives were ruined without a shred of forensic evidence of any kind. The story fits nicely into implausible religious beliefs. At least they were finally exonerated, though it took another decade.

#11 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-06-18 03:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

This is the part if this who mess that deserves attention:

At Tufts, Justina had been treated for mitochondrial disease, a group of rare genetic disorders affecting cellular energy production. When Justina began experiencing some gastrointestinal problems, the Tufts doctor treating her, Dr. Mark Korson, wanted the girl to visit Dr. Alejandro Flores at Boston Children's Hospital, according to the family's attorney, Phil Moran. Flores had treated Justina in the past, Moran said, and Korson thought it beneficial for the teen to see a gastroenterologist.

What happened next was a "tragic nightmare" for Justina, according to her father.

Justina was taken by ambulance to Boston Children's Hospital because she was in a wheelchair at the time and a heavy snowstorm was blanketing the region. Because she arrived by ambulance, she was taken directly into the hospital's emergency room, where a "resident refused to send her to Dr. Flores" and, "declared this was his case," according to Moran. He said the unnamed resident then called upon a psychologist who diagnosed Justina with somatoform disorder -- a mental condition in which a patient experiences symptoms that are real but have no physical or biological explanation. Justina was diagnosed with the disorder "within 25 minutes," Moran claims.

The Pelletier family rejected the new psychiatric diagnosis and wanted to bring Justina back to Tufts, Moran said. He claims the hospital tried to force the girl's parents to sign papers preventing them from seeking another opinion.

After tempers flared between the Pelletiers and staff at Boston Children's, the hospital notified the state that it suspected the parents of medical child abuse.

www.foxnews.com

This "unnamed resident" need to be called out on the carpet oon this as his/her actions started this whole mess. When two highly accredited hospitals can't play nicely with one another there are bigger issue. This could happen to any of us.

#12 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-18 04:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

#7 | Posted by klifferd

I wouldn't say it is ultra liberal hippies. It is a fear of bad publicity and law suits if they don't act when it is kids of white parents who come from middle class parents. They over react more often than not in these cases. Versus minority kids from obviously impoverished families/areas who continue to fall through the cracks.

Would the news have even talked about it or Reps become involved if it was just some poor minority kid? Chances are far less likely. I know some people that work or have worked in this area. They all say the same thing - politics drive decisions.

#13 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-06-18 04:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

The NRA and the GOP would like us to forget the New Town babies ...But I will never forget them, as long as I live ....NEVER

Lets also hope you remember they were killed by the mentally ill.

#14 | Posted by boaz at 2014-06-18 04:51 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

In a case with similar root causes a healthy Mother and Newborn child were separated by a hospital nurse that declared the baby "underweight". The child was kept in a prenatal intensive care unit and deprived of bonding and nursing by the Mother for almost 60 days. One can assume that the hospital and nurse were aware the Mother, a school teacher, had excellent health insurance which was billed $350,000 for the unnecessary caretaking. This is really criminal behavior, cloaked by the power of the State which was used to intimidate the parents into surrendering the child with false threats of child abuse.

#15 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-06-18 05:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

This is very sad and opens up a huge can of worms. The child welfare people go after parents like this who truly love their daughter and want what is best for her and yet every day I read another story of a child found chained in a basement for years. They need to prioritize!

#16 | Posted by 4doxies at 2014-06-20 07:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

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