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Justina Pelletier Rushed To Hospital In Connecticut




‘” A teen caught who was caught lengthy custody battle between her family and Massachusetts was rushed to a hospital in Connecticut on Sunday night.

  Justina Pelletier was taken to Yale/New Haven Hospital, according to the Rev. Patrick Mahoney, who was a spokesman for the family while she was in Massachusetts.

” She is in severe pain and having serious GI issues. Please continue in prayer for Justina and the entire Pelletier family,” Mahoney posted on Facebook”





















” Finally.

  The Pelletier family of West Hartford has told  FOXCT their daughter, Justina, will be returned to her family Wednesday.

  Lou Pelletier, Justina’s father, says a juvenile judge issued the order Tuesday afternoon, returning custody of Justina to her parents.

  The Pelletiers lost custody 16 months ago to the State of Massachusetts, after disagreements over a medical diagnosis.

  Since then, Justina has been in the care of Boston Chrildren’s Hospital and Youth facilities.

  I am so happy for Lou and Linda Pelletier.  I had several private conversations with Lou during the darkest days, and I can tell you the self-restraint he showed controlling a hurricane of emotions was amazing.  He never gave up (the easy part), and he never gave into his anger and outrage (much harder).


The state of Massachusetts, on the other hand, remained a-s-wipes to the bitter end:


  Three months ago, in a sharply worded opinion highly critical of the parents’ conduct, the judge gave permanent custody of Justina to the Mass. DCF, and said he believed psychological issues explained much of the teenager’s ailments.

  However, top officials at DCF earlier this month filed papers with the judge suggesting the parents had made significant progress and recommended that custody return to the parents.

“ Significant progress?” The parents weren’t doing anything different in June than they were in March. There was no “progress,” just as there was never any–NOT ANY–evidence ever presented that the Pelletiers had been abusing Justina before Massachusetts DCF and Boston Children’s performed their “parentectomy.”

  More on this story tomorrow. Meanwhile….FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST, THANK GOD ALMIGHTY JUSTINA IS FREE AT LAST! “



Thank you Michael Graham

More here:


Judge Rules, Justina Pelletier Is Finally Going Home!

Justice for Justina: Judge orders Connecticut girl to be returned to family

Breaking: Justina Pelletier to be released to her family Wednesday










Justina Pelletier Makes Tearful Plea To Judge, Asking To Go Home




” Justina Pelletier, the Connecticut teen taken from her family more than a year ago by Massachusetts officials after her parents took her to a hospital for help, made a tearful plea to the Bay State family court judge who holds her fate in his hands.

  In the 45-second, videotaped plea, first posted on a Facebook page set up by supporters of the 15-year-old, Justina is seen sitting in a chair and pleading plaintively with Massachusetts juvenile court Judge Joseph Johnston.

” All I really want is to be with my family and friends,” the girl says, her voice faltering at times. “You can do it. You’re the one that’s judging this. Please let me go home.”

  Justina also directs her plea to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, whose state Department of Children and Families made the initial decision to commit the girl to state care on Valentine’s Day 2013 after doctors at Tufts Medical Center, which had been treating her for a rare condition, and doctors as Boston Children’s Hospital clashed over the cause of her medical problems, which included difficulty eating and walking.”




   Fox News has more on one of the most egregious examples of the State and the medical field running roughshod over individual rights . We should all be ashamed that we have allowed America come to this .











Another Boston Children’s Victim



” 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.” 


Sudbury Patch



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 .









Justina Pelletier Transferred To CT Facility; Custody Of Mass. DCF






Daily Video 5.5.14

Justina Pelletier Abused In The Shower By Massachusetts DCF





Published on May 4, 2014


FRAMINGHAM, MA — The anguish of a sick teenager continues well over a year after her abduction from her family. Justina Pelletier has been locked away in the care of Massachusetts DCF since February 2013, and a court has put her into the permanent custody of the state. In that time, her family has made allegations of her repeated abuse and “torture.” Justina has been barred from making public statements and has begged for help in secret notes smuggled to her family. The young girl is not even allowed to sleep properly or take a shower in privacy, shocking new details reveal.

http://www.wcvb.com/news/family-justi… “










Huckabee Addresses The Justina Pelletier Travesty



Published on Mar 29, 2014

” Huckabee Opening Statement – Justice For Justina
Justice For Justina – Should States Overrule Parents On Child’s Health Care? “









Judge Awards “Permanent” Custody Of Justina Pelletier To DCF Officials









” In a ruling that deals a striking blow to the parents of Justina Pelletier, a judge has ruled that the state of Massachusetts will received “permanent” custody of Pelletier.

  After 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 a judge ruled against her parents.

  The decision 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.

As a local newspaper reports:

  In what appears to be a major setback to the parents of a Connecticut teenager in the middle of a long-running custody dispute, a Massachusetts juvenile court judge Tuesday issued a ruling giving “permanent” custody of Justina Pelletier to the state Department of Children and Families, which then leaves it up to the agency to decide if or when she should be returned back home.”



Unfucking believable … Now do you believe the STATE is out of control ?



” 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.

  A judge had previously sentenced the Connecticut teenager, who has been caught in a yearlong custody fight between her parents and Massachusetts child protection officials, to a new foster care program in Massachusetts. The ruling triggered an anguished response from her parents when it was announced by a juvenile court judge and pro-life advocates were also up in arms.

  Pelletier has only been allowed one, one hour supervised visit per week with her mom and dad and they have not been permitted to take photographs of their daughter. But, following new legal pressure asserted by Liberty Counsel and intense media scrutiny, DCF permitted the most recent visitation to be unsupervised. Rev. Pat Mahoney, a nationally known pro-life activist, accompanied Lou and Linda Pelletier to visit Justina.”



    This shameful travesty of justice proves a point that we’ve long been making that the citizens can no longer expect the courts to defend them against the depravations of the State . Heads need to roll and unfortunately we are/have reached the point where that expression needs to be taken literally . 

    All involved , from the doctors at Boston Children’s hospital to those responsible at Massachusetts DCF to Judge Johnston himself need to be run out of practice and jailed or worse . There is no excuse for ripping a child from a loving family and banishing that child to the purgatory of State run care . Given the record of child protection services nationwide the average kid would be better off with a crackhead mom or on the streets alone than in foster care … Disgusting …

     For the uninitiated you can catch up on this disgraceful example of out of control government by reading our previous posts on Justina and her family’s plight here , here , here , here , here , here , and here .

Read the rest … if it doesn’t make you want to beat someone , or worse , we’d be very surprised






Group Gathers Outside Facility To Pray For Justina Pelletier


Dozens gathered Saturday outside the facility where Justina Pelletier has lived for the last few weeks after being discharged from Boston Children's Hospital. (Image source: Keith Mason/Personhood USA)



” Outside a youth home in Framingham, Mass., between 50 and 80 people gathered peacefully in below freezing temperatures and prayed for a Connecticut teen at the center of a high-profile custody battle.

  The vigil held Saturday at Wayside Youth and Family Support Network was for Justina Pelletier, who has been in state care against her parents wishes for more than a year after a disagreement over a medical diagnosis.”





” We prayed for Justina, prayed for the family, prayed for the lawmakers to step up and to do this. We prayed for DCF workers, that God would touch their hearts,” Keith Mason, president of the pro-life human rights’ group Personhood USA, which co-organized the event along with Rev. Patrick Mahoney, told TheBlaze. “It was a time for prayer and was somber. We saw a lot of committed people.”

  Among them were state lawmakers who plan to introduce a resolution to “free Justina” in next legislative session scheduled for March 5 and other parents who Mason said have been in similar situations with DCF. Linda and Lou Pelletier, Justina’s parents, were not present at the vigil.”


The Blaze has more







Massachusetts Breaks Silence About Justina Pelletier, Drops Gag Order Against Father


” Today the state spoke out on Justina’s situation. Massachusetts DCF spokesman, Alec Loftus said, “Our primary goal has always been the health and well-being of Justina. We want the parents to be able to work with the providers and courts to ultimately move Justina back to her home state of Connecticut. That is the objective, and is consistent with our previous efforts to find an appropriate placement near her home. A medical team has been identified at Tufts, the family’s provider of choice, with the clinical expertise to care for Justina.

  While this sounds like positive news for Lou and Linda, the parents are not very hopeful.

  Lou told The Blaze, “They have thrown more carrots out there over the last 13 months, dangling, teasing us, and that’s the cruelest thing you can do.” He claimed the state has made several broken promises regarding the Justina’s custody in the past. “Actions speak louder than words,” he said.”

    Ben Swann has more on the state’s latest moves and if you’d like to make your feelings know about state sponsored kidnapping there will be a rally today at noon in Framingham Massachusetts:



“Justina Pelletier Prayer Vigil and Witness!”

#FreeJustina Prayer Vigil

Today 12:00 until 13:30

  • Wayside Youth and Family Support. 1 Frederick Abbott Way, Framingham, MA 01701
  •   On Saturday, March 1 at 12:00 P.M., we are inviting people of faith and good will to stand in solidarity with the Pelletier family and join us at a prayer vigil and public witness at the facility where there daughter Justina is being held.

      It is critical that we be a loud and passionate voice for this 15 year old girl who was ripped from her home by the government against the wishes of her family. We cannot be silent when we see the rights of families and parents trampled by public officials and courts.

      We want to stress this is NOT a protest or demonstration and we are there to peacefully prayer and call for Justina to be returned to the loving arms of her family. Also, where the vigil is being held, the residents of the facility will not be able to see us.

    “ Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” 
    ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

      We’ve found that Justina will remain at the Wayside Youth and Family Center for now. We will keep you updated with her location, but for now, plan to meet at the Wayside center.

      The location is: Wayside Youth and Family Support.
    1 Frederick Abbott Way, Framingham, MA 01701

      Parking is sparse so we recommend people carpool. Park in the Whole Foods lot on Worcester Road. You will see us gathered near the entrance on Lockland Avenue which is public property.

   If you are anywhere near Framingham this afternoon please stop by and lend your support . It will be greatly appreciated and after all , the next child stolen may be yours .

Mass. Representatives Ask DCF To Release Justina Pelletier


Mass Reps Want To Free Justina

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” There were dramatic new developments Wednesday in the case of West Hartford teenager, Justina Pelletier, that could pave the way for her release from Massachusetts State custody.

  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).”


   It’s about damn time someone in Massachusetts showed a little common sense , decency and respect for civil rights . Justina has been spared being forced into foster care , at least temporarily , and hopefully she will be returned to her parent’s care very soon . Let the lawsuits begin .

FoxCT has more






Teen In Medical Dispute Sent To Foster Care



” A Connecticut couple sobbed outside a Boston courtroom after a legal setback in their yearlong battle to regain custody of their daughter.

  The state of Massachusetts took charge of Justina Pelletier as her parents and doctors at Children’s Hospital continue to clash over her diagnosis and treatment. The teen’s mom broke down in court. Paramedics wheeled Linda Pelletier from the courthouse Monday afternoon minutes after she collapsed upon hearing a judge order her embattled teenaged daughter into foster care.

“ This child has been ripped away from this family,” Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition said.”



    This is State sanctioned kidnapping . There is no other way to describe this horrendous miscarriage of justice at the hands of the “halls of justice” . The Pelletier case has little peer in regards to disgraceful behavior by the State is concerned and all of us Americans need hang our heads in shame at allowing the State to grow this powerful .


   If you’d like to help with a donation to fund the legal battle that faces the Pelletiers you may do so at freejustina.com .


 Please read this article by Susan Knowles that details the well documented , but unreformed issues that the Department of Children And Families stands accused of .


” In 2010, Children’s Rights, a New York based non-profit organization, advocating for the rights of children, filed a class-action lawsuit against DCF.  Children’s Rights alleges that thousands of children in DCF’s care suffered neglect, abuse, and even death in some instances.

  More specifically, in the class-action lawsuit of Connor B. vs. Patrick, Children’s Rights represents 8,500 children who were allegedly abused or neglected while in DCF’s care.

  The lawsuit:

“ Charges the state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) with violating the constitutional rights of children by routinely placing them in dangerous and unstable situations once removed from their parents’ care and failing to take necessary actions to meet the legal obligation of the state-run child welfare system to ensure the safety and well-being of children in its custody.” “



    Far from being the savior of children this government sponsored criminal enterprise needs a complete examination and overhaul before they are allowed to destroy even one more family . See also our reblog of Ms Knowles post where she provides the most detailed account of the Pelletier case that we have come across .


     If the subject of DCF corruption and abuse moves you as it has us go to this Bing page and read some of the many links to parental horror stories of State sanctioned kidnapping like the one below from FreeMyChildren.com .




CPS reform
13,453 Letters and Emails Sent So Far
While there is an important need to find abused children and to protect them, the current system is only finding a small percentage of those truly abused children. The rest of their statistics that guarantee a high departmental income are from families who never abused their children. Where they get this income and the sources of information will be posted after the next paragraph.











The #FreeJustina Case: A Daughter Seized By The State & Her Parents Legally Silenced – Until Now






” Lou and Linda Pelletier, the caring and responsible parents of Justina Pelletier, wanted nothing more than to see her their sick child get better. After following a course of treatment for mitochondrial disease, as diagnosed by Tufts Medical Center, Justina came down with the flu in February 2013.

  Upon a recommendation by a Connecticut hospital, she was transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital. That is where the Pelletier’s nightmare began. Although she was meant to see a gastroenterologist, she instead wound up seeing a neurologist – who promptly diagnosted her with “somatoform” disorder, a psychosomatic illness implying Justina’s symptoms were ‘all in her head.’



   Read more on the Pelletier’s plight here and donate to the legal efforts to free Justina here and read our original post from November . This is a horrific case of the State gone amok and cannot be allowed to stand .

   This is what the future holds when we allow ourselves to be governed by arrogant leftists who think “it takes a village” to raise your child , that the “children belong to everyone” and that the State should mandate “parenting lessons” . 

Remember come November of 2016 that a major advocate of this Statist nonsense wants to be elected to rule over us . That cannot be allowed to happen for this reason among many others .











Hospital Holds West Hartford Girl For 9 Months After Parents Argue Diagnosis

Justina Pelletier


” After a long history of medical problems, a West Hartford teenager is now “trapped” inside a hospital with seemingly no way out.

In December 2012, Justina Pelletier was an active 15-year-old girl who would go ice skating, laughed and spent time with her family.

But just two months later, her family says their nightmare began.
“[Exhales] It’s beyond any wildest nightmare that you could think of,” says Justina’s father, Lou Pelletier.

“It’s the most bizarre situation … I’ve ever been involved with,” says Dean Hokanson, the clinical psychologist who has worked with Justina the past five years.

Justina was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease a few years ago. It’s a genetic disorder that can cause loss of muscle coordination and weakness.

     The corrupting influence of the State is even turning the medical establishment against the citizens . A young girl is forcibly taken from her parents because the parents desired a second opinion . Where are parent’s rights ? Since when does the State authorize the medical profession to kidnap and hold children against their will ?

   This is an outrage , yet an inevitable result of the growth of the Leviathan State . Maybe Obamacare is a good thing after all and will drive us away from the medical state and foster the creation of an underground healthcare system that adheres to first principles , individual freedoms and accepts cash payments for reasonably priced treatments without threat of dealing with medical staff that in reality are government stool pigeons .

  This is another fine example of Hillary Clinton’s “it takes a village” idea and we should expect more of this sort of thing as the State grows ever more powerful . Imagine where we will be if the State becomes the sole provider of our healthcare . 


Glenn Beck has picked up the story :


“We are talking about the story that is up on The Blaze, ‘It’s kidnapping: Hospital takes custody of a girl.’ Imagine your 15-year-old daughter, you take her in because she has a flu, and you are told you have to get out. And you are escorted out by police, and you no longer have custody of your child because you disagree with the diagnosis,” Glenn said exasperatedly. “And so the parents now, for nine months, have been fighting this. The judge put a gag order, so nothing can get out, which is another thing that is absolutely wrong. That is absolutely wrong. “