A Massachusetts kidnapping has been solved and the question is: will anyone actually go to jail? Justina Pellitier, 15 of West Hartford, Connecticut was found alive in a Boston, Massachusetts hospital, where she has been held against her will and the will of her parents for over a year. She is alive but whether or not she is well has not been determined.
Justina’s parents, Lou and Linda Pellitier, reported her kidnapping on February 14, 2013, when they brought Justina to the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and the hospital refused to let them take her home. Justina has been suffering from Mitochondrial Disease, and was being treated at nearby Tufts University Medical Center when she came down with the flu. Her physician, Dr. Mark Korson, of Tufts was unavailable, forcing her parents bring her to BCH. The physicians at BCH wanted to check her original diagnosis and the father gave them permission.
After four days, the doctors claimed Justina did not have Mitochondrial Disease, instead diagnosing her with Somatoform Disorder, a condition which can best be described as a psychosomatic illness, allegedly caused by psychological disorders. When the Pellitiers asked BCH to consult with Dr. Korson, they refused. BCH then filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) who took custody of Justina. She has been held captive by DCF for a year in a Framingham, MA, facility for abused children and drug addicts. The average length of stay at this facility is one week, Justina as been there for a year. She is only allowed to see her family for one hour per week and these visits are monitored by DCF.
Mitochondrial Disease is a disease which attacks the mitochondria causing them to fail. Their failure causes the cells to eventually die and this could lead to organ failure and death. The Pellitier’s oldest daughter also suffers from the disease. When Justina arrived at BCH, they discontinued all treatment for Mitochondrial Disease and according to her father, subjected her to a barrage of psychiatric tests. Her parents are concerned her health has now been deteriorating. When she was kidnapped the Massachusetts authorities said her treatment, since it was unnecessary, constituted child abuse. The question that arises is when they discontinued treatment, why hasn’t she gotten better?
This is the latest in a series of problems the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families has had in the recent past. These include:
- A report in the Boston Globe found that there have been 95 deaths of children in the care of the DCF since 2001.
- The Boston Herald reported one third of the workers at the DCF are unlicensed.
- On February 13, a child in DCF custody was found dead in a foster home.
- A child in DCF custody was abused by a relative with a history of this behavior after the relative was cleared by DCF to be near the 11 month old.
- And in Fitchburg, MA a five year old boy, Jeremiah Oliver has been missing since September, 2013, and is presumed dead after DCF allowed him to stay with his parents. Both parents have histories of child abuse and it is believed they are responsible for his disappearance. DCF failed to make the required visits to the home but filed false reports claiming they did.
Governor Deval Patrick has refused to take action on any of these cases.
Is this what the country has become when the government can take control of children with absolutely no evidence of any wrong doing? Has the government taken the place of parents and believe they know better?
This is a case where the arrogance of a government agency, in conjunction with a hospital has taken away the freedom of both parents and their child. Who will be responsible if this child suffers serious complications from being denied her medication? Who will be responsible if this child dies? The Government? Governor Patrick?
Who will be kidnapped next by Massachusetts authorities, or any other state’s bureaucrats? Is your child next?
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