03.17.2014: Brad Bailey shares legal perspective on latest in Pelletier case
BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A family involved in a high-profile custody battle still does not have an answer on whether or not their daughter can come home.
After a court appearance Monday, lawyers for Justina Pelletier's parents said a judge will make a ruling on whether the teen can go home Friday. They added that at this point, her parents are not hopeful about anything.
The Connecticut teen was treated at Children's Hospital in Boston for almost a year and was previously in Children's locked psychiatric unit for treatment.
Pelletier was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease years ago – a condition causing muscle pain and weakness. Then, almost a year ago, she was admitted to Children's with the flu.
At the hospital, her parents say a different set of doctors diagnosed her with "somatoform disorder," in short, saying she suffered from a mental illness, not mitochondrial disease, and that her symptoms were psychologically induced.
When her parents reportedly disagreed and asked for a second opinion, they lost custody of their daughter. DCF was called in after just four days. The parents haven't had custody since last February.