Justina's father, Lou Pelletier, called the plan another slap in the face, a kick in the stomach. He went on to say that taxpayers have paid close to $2 million for the care of his daughter. Justina's mother, Linda Pelletier, says that her daughter does not belong in behavioral modification. The family says that they want Justina home by her birthday on May 24.
The Massachusetts Senate Republican Caucus sent a letter to Interim DCF Commissioner Erin Deveney Monday regarding the Pelletier case, which read in part: "A significant opportunity to begin rebuilding the trust and the confidence that the agency needs to move forward lies in resolving the ongoing case of Justina Pelletier, the 15-year-old resident of Connecticut that has been in the care and custody of the department since February of 2013, following the filing of a 51A report by officials at Boston Children's Hospital alleging medical child abuse on the part of her parents."
The letter went on to say that DCF "must reconsider the current policy of retaining a resident of another state" and "not only should DCF not seek to referee a dispute between courses of treatment offered by competent medical providers, it should also recognize a parent's role in medical decision-making."
Lou Pelletier said he has filed in State Superior Court what's called a writ of habeas corpus against DCF for unlawful imprisonment and he wants to have Justina brought before a judge. The family says this is far from over.