Horrible: State awarded permanent custody of Justina Pelletier

Not the news I wanted to read when I woke up this morning. I am simply stunned that Justina’s parents don’t have their daughter back. Is there not a judge with common sense in all of Massachusetts?

FOX NEWS – A Massachusetts juvenile court judge on Tuesday awarded “permanent” custody of a Connecticut teen at the center of an interstate custody battle to the state of Massachusetts in a major setback for her family fighting for her return.

The ruling by Judge Joseph Johnston leaves it up to the state Department of Children and Families to decide whether or when 15-year-old Justina Pelletier should be returned to her West Hartford home, The Boston Globe reported.

“I’m numb. I’m stunned. I’m beyond furious,” said Lou Pelletier told The Wall Street Journal late Tuesday.

In an extended interview with MyFoxBoston.com, Pelletier said he wasn’t surprised by the decision by the judge, who he accused of “kicking the can down the road” and ignoring evidence.

“She needs to be home,” Pelletier told the station. “She is mentally, and more importantly physically, dying under the care of the state of Massachusetts.”

The judge is expected revisit the decision to award permanent custody in a follow-up court hearing on May 25, the station reported.



Watch Lou Pelletier’s interview with Fox Boston below:

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