NEWS: Judge rules in Justina Pelletier case, grants custody to MA
In a case closely watched by the Lyme community, a sick teenager is still being kept from her parents. (She has not been diagnosed with Lyme. However, families with Lyme are often put in a similar position.)
From the Boston Globe, March 25, 2014:
By Patricia Wen
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.
The decision by Judge Joseph Johnston came in response to a motion, presented by the 15-year-old’s court-appointed lawyer and the lawyers for her parents, Linda and Lou Pelletier of West Hartford, Conn., which called for the parents to be awarded “conditional custody” of their daughter.
Additional coverage here:
Fox News–March 26, 2014