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Offline happyg

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Yesterday, the Liberty Counsel litigation team filed a contempt of court motion against the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) in the Justina Pelletier case.

The motion came after Lou Pelletier, Justina’s father, disclosed to the attorneys representing her and her family that Justina’s health is rapidly deteriorating. After a Friday visit, Justina’s older sister, Jennifer, told Fox News Connecticut (Fox CT) that her sister’s health is “scary” and she has never seen her in worse condition.

Mat Staver,  the lead attorney for Liberty Counsel, tells LifeNews the situation is precarious.

justinapelletier3“We are now taking proactive measures against the DCF. In all my years in practice, I have never seen a more outrageous overreach by a state agency,” he said. “Three weeks ago, Judge Joseph Johnston approved a written agreement transferring care back to Tufts Medical Center from Boston Children’s Hospital, doctors from which inaccurately diagnosed Justina’s condition. Now, her health has deteriorated to a threatening state. Despite this enforceable order, DCF still has not made appointments with Tufts.”

Staver says the Pelletiers have spoken several times to Dr. Mark Korson, who was treating Justina before this debacle began, and they obtained an appointment date. Dr. Korson said that he wants to see Justina and resume her effective treatment immediately, but on Friday, March 21, DCF outrageously said it will not honor any appointments with Tufts until the judge rules on Tuesday (today).

“A child’s health and welfare are hanging in the balance. We cannot allow DCF to continue withholding treatment from this young girl,” he said. “It is obvious to everyone but DCF that this disease is physical, not psychiatric. DCF should stop delaying, obey the court order, and send her to Tufts for medical treatment immediately.”

Staver added: “The State of Massachusetts cannot make Justina a prisoner merely because they disagree with the medical protocols recommended and administered by a respected medical institution responsible for her care. Today, we all await the judge’s ruling.”

Fourteen months ago, Justina, now fifteen years old, was legally kidnapped by Massachusetts DCF after her parents took her to Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) to see Dr. Flores, a physician who had treated Justina before at Tufts Medical Center for gastrointestinal problems.

DCF has refused to provide adequate medical care, has refused to allow Justina access to a clergy or communion, and even refused to provide any education for her.

In January of 2013, before she was admitted to the ER at BCH, Justina was involved in ice-skating competitions and was in a private school under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for a learning disability. Now, she is weak and in a wheelchair. Without any education, she has fallen at least two years behind her classmates. DCF has allowed the parents only one hour per week to visit their daughter, but always with a DCF worker or workers present. DCF has prevented the parents from taking a cell phone to photograph their daughter. Last month, DCF even filed a motion to hold Lou Pelletier in contempt of court for speaking to the national media.

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, spoke out publicly about her ordeal for the first time last week. Lou and Linda Pelletier from West Hartford, Conn., appeared in court several times, fighting for a resolution to regain custody and medical care of their 15-year-old daughter.

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.

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This is outrageous!  Obviously, if the parents were so wrong in their treatment of Justina - she would be improving now under the State's care, wouldn't she?  This is insane.  If it were my child, I would seriously be looking at ways to kidnap my child back - insert a highly paid mole into where she is living....send a SWAT team in...whatever!
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this is just outrageous

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this is just outrageous

It is beyond outrageous in my view and perfectly illustrative of a government agency running outside the bounds of it's authority!

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