Due to time restraints and numerous submittals here at Freedom Outpost, I often don’t get to write on some news that I believe is vitally important. However, today, I’m taking time to make those who might be unaware of the situation that has developed in Boston regarding 15-year-old Justina Pelletier. The latest is that a Suffolk County judge ruled to put the girl in foster care, resulting in a heart wrenching reaction from her parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier.
The order came that Justina was now to be removed from the hospital and into a foster home.
Following the ruling, Linda fainted and had to be attended by paramedics. Lou broke down, covering his face with his hands, as his other daughter Jessica attempted to console him, according to Beau Berman.
Following the ruling, Lou told the Blaze the “”system was corrupt and the country could go to hell.”
Two dates for hearings have been scheduled for March 17 and March 24. Justina’s custody will be discussed at the first hearing and the second will determine whether or not Lou violated the gag order.
Justina was diagnosed years ago with mitochondrial disease, which causes loss of muscle control. At that time, the Pelletiers were living in Connecticut and the family adjusted rather well to her condition. Even with the diagnosis, Justina was still able to be fairly active, engaging in various sports.
Last February, Justina got the flu and was taken to Boston Children’s Hospital. Since that time, she has not left the hospital.
Doctors determined that she had been misdiagnosed. Instead of mitochondrial disease, Justina has been diagnosed with Somatoform disorder, which is considered a mental disorder.
Her parents wanted to take their daughter home, but instead, were escorted by security out of the hospital. Four days later they found out they lost custody of their daughter. Mr. Pelletier said it was kidnapping. I agree it was.
The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families then set up guidelines as to when the parents could and couldn’t see their daughter.
The Pelletiers were also put under a gag order not to speak about their daughter or the family situation. Mr. Pelletier decided to tell The Blaze about his story and The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families decided to file with the court to hold him in contempt of court. If he is found in contempt, this father, who has already had his daughter taken from him for a year, could face fines and jail time.
The Boston hospital also took Justina off all of her medication, including pain medication for mitochondrial.
Lou believes if something isn’t done that his daughter could die.
I think the issue is a lot more serious than that. The issue is that this could happen to many more families with devastating consequences.
The Pelletiers are facing tremendous financial and legal fees. A website has been setup to help them with these. If you are able, please consider contributing to their cause.
As a father of ten, who has had to deal with Child Protective Services in my own area, with them visiting my home every week for nearly a year and having them threaten me over doctor visits regarding one of my sons, I can tell you that CPS has its incompetent boobs and its corruption. I can also tell you of the story of another man near me who lost all 10 of his children, simply because they were minority children and CPS could get $10,000 each for their adoption. A judge in one county even gave CPS a court order to remove the children from their home in another county, even against the sheriff’s protest.
This is simply a place government should not go. If you think so, you are part of the problem. There was nothing wrong with this family, now government has stepped in where it has no jurisdiction and Boston Children’s Hospital is just as much to blame as the court system.
I’ll let you in on something. Family court is not judicial. It’s administrative and in many cases they are virtually untouchable. My heart goes out to the Pelletiers. Though I have not had my children taken from me, I do know the pain and anger that you feel because of the government coming between you and your children. I truly do, and it becomes very, very dark. The right thing for the people surrounding them is to clog up the system where the court is being held and demand they release Justina to her parents. Stand with them Massachusetts or you might be next.
I’ll be discussing this issue and the issue of Child Protective Services, including my own story, next week on the Sons of Liberty radio show with Bradlee Dean.
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