Mass. Lawmakers Push for Justina Pelletier to Be Returned to Her Parents
There’s an update in the controversial story of a sick Connecticut teenager who was taken away from her parents. The Boston Globe is reporting that a judge may allow Justina Pelletier to go home with her parents, but only under certain conditions.
The 15-year-old was transferred to DCF foster care following a hearing between her parents and Massachusetts.
Justina Pelletier’s next hearing is slated for March 17, but a group of Massachusetts lawmakers is pushing for an immediate release.
According to Mass. State Representative Marc Lombardo, as of 5pm Wednesday, he and Rep. Jim Lyons had 12 representatives backing a resolution that would start the process of releasing Justina Pelletier to her parents right away.
Rep. Lombardo will raise the resolution at the next House of Representatives session, which is scheduled for March 5.
“The Pelletier case is a dispute between conflicting medical opinions… the decision on which medical treatment to adopt should rest with the parents, not with DCF. The Department’s heavy-handed, unjustified interference with the rights of these parents is an example of what is wrong with this agency,” said Rep. Jim Lyons (R-Andover).
Justina was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease by doctors at Tufts Medical Center about a year ago. But when Jessica was rushed to Boston Children’s Hospital, doctors said her symptoms were psychologically induced and argued medical child abuse. Her parents have been fighting to get her back ever since so she can receive medical treatment.
Shepard Smith spoke to her father, Lou Pelletier, today. Watch the full interview above.