” The Boston Herald reports yet another case eerily similar to that of Justina Pelletier’s:
“A Walpole couple have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Department of Children and Families of illegally doing the bidding of doctors at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, threatening to strip the mother and father of their parental rights if their daughter was not committed to the hospital’s mental facility.
“ The basic request is for a federal court to apply the constitution to say parents have the right to take care of their children without undue interference from a state agency,” said lawyer Barry Pollack, who filed the suit against DCF and Attorney General Martha Coakley on behalf of the Walpole couple — identified only as “Karen T” and “Robert T Sr.” — whose daughter was treated at Bader 5 at Children’s Hospital.
The lawsuit states that throughout 2011, the girl’s parents struggled to find a diagnosis for their daughter’s condition after taking her to several doctors.
In May 2012, her parents brought her to Children’s. In June 2012, doctors told the parents they intended to place the girl in Bader 5, and had obtained a temporary court order to do so.
The hospital providers threatened to use DCF to remove custody longer term from the mother and father if they did not consent to the inpatient treatment at Bader 5,” the lawsuit states.”
Meanwhile, the Pelletiers have complied with HHS Secretary Polanowicz reunification plan, (which, ironically, called upon them to do the very things which they had been doing on behalf of their daughter prior to her being taken by MA) and their attorneys have filed a motion for Judge Johnston to revoke his original ruling, so that Justina may be released home immediately. However, the judge continues to stall and delay, saying that he will give two weeks for DCF to respond, then apply for a future hearing.
Justina has been in locked down facilities for almost sixteen months, and spent both her fifteenth and sixteenth birthdays under MA-DCF’s continued control. A response from DCF is being awaited by family and Justina’s support community of friends and advocates.
The question arises, why has this pattern emerged again and again at Boston Children’s – threatening parents that they must comply with their recommended treatment for psychological problems, or lose custody of their child? This latest case, according to various reporting agencies, makes the sixth such known one at the facility.”
Meanwhile there are signs that Justina may be freed to her parents soon :
Motion Filed Today in Court Requests Justina Pelletier Be Returned Home
” Today a significant motion is being filed in the Juvenile Court requesting that Justina Pelletier return to her home to be with her mom and dad, Linda and Lou Pelletier. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) has indicated that it will not object to the Motion for Relief from Judgment filed today to return Justina home.
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.
The motion comes a week after 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, received a surprise 16th birthday party from her friends over the weekend.
“ Today is a significant event for Justina and the Pelletier family,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, who is representing the Pelletier family. “We believe and hope that the Pelleteir family will soon be reunited,” said Staver.
The Pelletiers have been visiting frequently with Justina in Connecticut since she was moved there two weeks ago. Justina has been receiving treatment from Tufts Medical Center, the same place she received treatment before this long ordeal began in February 2013. The Pelletier family and their legal counsel have communicated frequently with high-level officials of Massachusetts Health and Human Services (HHS) and DCF. Their attorneys have been in regular communication reviewing the progress of the Reunification Plan.”
This outrageous behavior by the medical profession and the State is happening around the country and must not be ignored . Please keep all of these victims of State-sponsored kidnapping in your prayers and remember Bret Bohn in Alaska . He too has been kidnapped by the State and now his mother faces kidnapping charges for attempting to free him from a Seattle hospital .
” The mother of Bret Bohn, a 27-year-old Wasilla man whose mysterious brain illness landed him at the center of a high-profile medical custody saga, was arrested for kidnapping her son from a Seattle hospital Friday.
Court documents filed in Seattle say that Lorraine Phillips of Anchorage shoved a hospital orderly on April 22 while escorting her son Bohn into an elevator. Phillips then walked out of Harborview Medical Center with her son, the charges say.
Bohn was out of the hospital with his parents for several days before a Seattle Police Department detective tracked mother and son to a neighborhood medical clinic in Seattle, where Phillips was arrested on April 25.
Lorraine Phillips was just trying to get a second medical opinion for her son, her sister Jo Phillips told the Daily News.
The kidnapping charges against Phillips are the latest chapter in a high-profile battle for medical decision-making rights that has pitted the Bohn family against doctors at the premier hospitals in Washington and Alaska, as well as against the State of Alaska.
Bohn’s case stoked the anger of critics of Alaska’s state guardianship program.
An Anchorage Superior Court judge awarded sole control over the 27-year-old hunting guide’s medical decisions to a paid public guardian named Steve Young in February, saying Bohn’s parents had made disturbing statements about him and appeared to be interfering with treatment.”
Read more of the Bohn case here .