06.18.2014 Gov. Deval Patrick speaks about Pelletier case
THOMPSON, Conn. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A Connecticut teen at the center of a high-profile custody battle returned home to her family Wednesday.
Justina Pelletier's family expressed their joy that the 16-year-old was headed home after spending 16 months in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Justina herself said it was "awesome." She is looking forward to catching up on her favorite television shows and playing with her dog. Her father said it was a moment he had been waiting for.
While the family was looking forward to having Justina home, they expressed concern over her condition.
"Sixteen months ago, Justina was ice skating, now she can't walk," said Pelletier spokesperson Reverend Patrick Mahoney, who went on to say parents and family know what is best for their child, not the government and courts.
Justina was taken to Boston Children's Hospital for care 16 months ago by her parents, Linda and Lou. A dispute over her medical condition ensued. Her parents say she has a rare genetic disorder, but the hospital believed the teen’s health problems were psychological. That is when DCF was awarded custody.
The teen was recently transferred to a residential treatment facility in her home state of Connecticut. She couldn't move back in with her family until it was approved by Suffolk County Juvenile Court Judge Joseph Johnston.
The teen's father said he's looking at his legal options.