TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Judge orders Connecticut teen to be returned to her parents

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 9:45 p.m.
 

BOSTON — A judge has ordered a Connecticut teenager at the center of a custody dispute based on conflicting medical diagnoses to be returned to her parents on Wednesday.

The family of Justina Pelletier of West Hartford had pushed Massachusetts to return their daughter, whose case hinged on dueling diagnoses of Justina's condition. Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz said on Tuesday that the decision was the result of the state's collaboration with the Pelletier family to establish a reunification plan.

Tufts Medical Center had treated Justina for mitochondrial disease, a disorder that affects cellular energy production. But Boston Children's Hospital later diagnosed her problems as psychiatric.

When her parents rejected that diagnosis and tried to take her back to Tufts, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families took custody of Justina, prompting the dispute.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Immigrants warned of increase in scams
  2. Some in Congress turn down retirement pension, but many cash in
  3. Tough Texas gets prison results by going softer on crime
  4. Study touts benefits of full-day preschool
  5. Kahlo’s workplace to be reimagined in New York Botanical Garden
  6. Oregon police dog fired from job
  7. Ferguson angles to avoid fate of riot-torn cities
  8. 2 female bombers kill 30 in Nigeria
  9. Surge in small drones making airline pilots nervous
  10. Justices consider social media, free speech
  11. Big questions remains with driverless cars, which will still crash: How safe is safe enough?
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.