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West Hartford's Justina Pelletier Is Coming Home [UPDATED]

Justina Pelletier with her parents, Lou and Linda (Contributed photo)
Justina Pelletier with her parents, Lou and Linda (Contributed photo)
After more than a year without her family, West Hartford's Justina Pelletier is set to return home to her parents on Wednesday, June 18, My Fox Boston reports.

Judge Joseph Johnson issued a ruling ordering the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to release the teen to her parents, according to The Boston Globe.

“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.,” Johnston stated in the ruling, per The Boston Globe. “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.”


The Massachusetts DCF has had custody of the 15-year-old West Hartford resident for more than a year, despite pleas from her family, thousands of supporters, and even Gov. Deval Patrick.

The DCF took custody of her in February of 2013 after her family disagreed with a diagnosis and treatment by doctors at Boston Children's Hospital.

The attached YouTube video, titled "Justina's Plea," was uploaded by Rev. Patrick Mahoney one week ago and features the teen pleading to be allowed home. 

From the Archives

MAC June 18, 2014 at 01:19 AM
It's beyond "about time" for this poor child to be back home with her family! BCH and MA DCF never should have in effect kidnapped Justina from her parents, and denied her the medical care and schooling which are her rights!
Common Sense June 18, 2014 at 06:52 AM
Just another example of too much government interference in our lives thanks to all the bleeding heart liberals most of whom are total losers.
Hammer McPhee June 18, 2014 at 07:27 AM
Shame on the folks who supported the government kidnapping based on rumor and suggestion that the court knew something nasty about the family - blindly supporting government tyranny. Where is that smoking gun to justify the kidnapping by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts? It never existed.
Bert Marchael June 18, 2014 at 10:49 AM
MASS DCF is an outstanding department. They know what is best for a child. Weren't they the ones that lost track of a child for 5 years that died? Need I say more. And wasn't this a CT child? Thank you Malloy for stepping in and helping.
Mark Zampano June 18, 2014 at 11:22 PM
Whatever therapy, either physical or mental, that Justina gets from here on out should be paid for by those who hurt her & her family. They screwed up BIG TIME and the Pelletiers should NOT have to pay one dime for any therapy. I also believe that any & ALL of the expenses they paid as a result of this legal battle should be paid for by those who hurt their family. After what they went through, it's only right!!

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