Major updates in the case of Connecticut teen Justina Pelletier

After months of false leads and dead ends, there have been some promising updates in the case of Connecticut teen Justina Pelletier. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families took custody of Justina after her parents disputed the diagnosis doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital’s handed down. Boston Children’s Hospital said the then 15-year-old had a psychiatric disorder – not mitochondrial disease, which her parents had been treating her for at the direction of another doctor.

Though a Boston juvenile court judge recently awarded permanent custody of Justina to the state DCF, it would appear, based on the letter by Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz, that a plan is in the works to at least return Justina to her home state of Connecticut.

“Justina Pelletier should return to her home state of Connecticut to receive the services and support she needs close to her friends, family, school and community,” Polanowicz writes. “We strongly believe that this outcome is in Justina’s best interests, and have laid the groundwork to make it happen.”

Read the full letter HERE.

Meanwhile, Human Events reported on Monday that a Boston psychiatric nurse who cares for Justina filed a mandated reporter complaint against Boston Children’s Hospital. In the written complaint to Department of Children & Families Commissioner Olga Roche, Kathleen T. Higgins, R.N. alleges state authorities have unlawfully imprisoned Justina for 14 months. On radio this morning, Glenn read through portions of the letter.

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In a letter dated January 8, Higgins wrote that she has “been engaged with Linda, Lou and Jennifer Pelletier, the parents and eldest sister of Justina Pelletier, to facilitate Justina’s discharge from Bader 5, inpatient psychiatric unit of Boston Children’s Hospital, where she has been unjustly and illegally imprisoned for the past nine months” since April 23, 2013.

Furthermore, Higgins explained that without a history of “serious mental illness” or behaviors to indicate she was at risk for harming herself or others, holding Justina against her will is abusive behavior.

Read the full report via Human Events HERE.

Finally, on Wednesday, TheBlaze reported Olga Roche, the embattled commissioner of the Massachusetts DCF whom Higgins wrote her complaint to, had resigned from her post. Governor Deval Patrick said it was impossible for her to continue in her current role. Roche was facing mounting pressure following the death of three children.

The Associated Press reports:

Olga Roche’s resignation comes after calls from top Democratic lawmakers — including Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray — for Roche to be replaced as commissioner of the Department of Children and Families.


“I have accepted her resignation because I believe it is not possible for the agency to move forward in this environment with her at the helm,” said John Polanowicz, secretary of the state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services, which oversees the DCF.

The agency named Erin Deveney as its interim commissioner. She has been working there for about 30 days following a stint at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

“Olga Roche presided over the horrific mistreatment of Justina Pelletier and the tragic deaths of children in DCF custody,” the Pelletier’s spokesman Rev. Patrick Mahoney said. “We hope Erin Deveney will correct the systemic injustice of the previous administration by taking immediate steps to free Justina into the loving arms of her family and accepting the reunification proposal.”

While there is still a lot of work to be done before Justina is returned not just to the state of Connecticut but to her family, these developments offer a glimmer of hope to an otherwise inexplicable case.

You can learn more about the fight to free Justina HERE.

  • Anonymous

    This is a woman with integrity putting herself on the line to speak out. Hopefully she will not be punished for doing so.

    • Anna

      She is a kid who recently graduated from college with a BSN. She is not currently employed at Boston Children’s Hospital and there is no evidence that she ever cared for Justina while Justina was a patient and Nurse Higgins was a Student Nurse during her rather brief rotation through BCH.

      • Cheryl A

        Nurses have a legal obligation to report suspected child abuse. The victim does not have to be the nurse’s patient.

      • Timothy Courtemanche

        She is 54 years old and was in fact employed by BCH. Not sure why you wish to discredit her, but these are facts in public record.

      • Harold Benghazi Koenig

        Fascinating that someone would just make up something to discredit an accuser of BCH. That place must be thoroughly corrupt.

      • Todd A Scheller

        Recent College Grads have 20 years of experience in child psychology?

        Higgins, who has over 20 years experience in child psychology, reported that every facet of Justina’s life that held meaning for her was removed and replaced with a state devoid of compassion and conscience.

      • Scamp1

        “Says” the mouth piece for BCH. I think I will go with the student nurse version.

  • standforliberty

    I call for Olga Roche, {get the name} as in filthy bug should be sentenced to life in prison. can you imagine a piece of sh*t like this having such an important job working around children? I would also look into money missing out of the department.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, but her superiors, including Deval Patrick have protected her throughout this whole ordeal. They have refused to intervene. They should all be arrested. I hope the family sues the pants off the whole bunch and the citizens of Massachusetts suffer severe financial loss. They are also culpable since they sat idly by and said NOTHING!!!

  • freecountryboy

    Hey Glenn — for a person dedicated to things like truth and American Exceptionalism why did you give up getting to the bottom of this ? Somebody tell you in strong – enough terms to back off? Surely you know that something as incomprehensible as this entire charade has an answer known to the guilty. Surely you know that the more that is hidden, the bigger the covered-up subject. One clue Glenn: What was the original doctor’s diagnosis… and was it maybe correct? There could maybe be still time to save Justina’s life.

    • Anonymous

      What makes you think that Beck and staff have given up, that they aren’t working behind the scenes, keeping a low profile in this case? In this particular case moving quietly, perhaps funding legal eagles fighting for the rights of this girl and her family, and quietly investigating the machinations of this horror may end up being the most effective tactic. Stealth may be the best way to uncover the truth of what is going on up there.

      • freecountryboy

        I can only hope and pray that you are right —- I wanna be wrong! And I agree with you on the “stealth” thing. If my guess is correct, no amount of legal eagles will ever make a difference. Haven’t we seen some indication in this country that the legal system no longer (if it ever did) belongs to the people? Start with an attorney general who decides which laws to enforce.

  • Anonymous

    REALLY GLENN??? Who writes this crap??
    in a voice vote, Massachusetts legislators decided against calling for
    the release of Justina Pelletier to her family – and voted down a call
    for accountability of the DCF’s misguided actions and mismanagement of
    state resources. – See more at: What about yesterday’s voice vote??

    • Christopher StClair II

      Did you read the article? None of what you said contradicts the article. Steroids are being takentorelease the girl back to Connecticut, not her family. Please read what is actually days before you try to correct it.

  • sbut01

    Wake up liberals, this is where the progressives are leading you.

  • Cheryl A

    Justina is dying. After seeing her near Easter her father said she is “in a world of hurt” and “she doesn’t have much longer” Want to do something productive to help gain her release before it’s too late?

    Do what I did. Liberty Counsel has introduced a bill in the MA legislature to fee Justina but not many were listening. Liberty Counsel is now doing a fax blitz. You can bombard the reps with faxes like I just did. Just go to their website.
    Or, if you don’t want to do it through them, send faxes on your own. I just found it easier to have them send the 40 faxes.

    Proverbs 24:11,12

    “Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die. Don’t try to avoid responsibility by saying you didn’t know about it. For God knows all hearts, and he sees you. He keeps watch over your soul, and he knows you knew! And he will judge all people according to what they have done.”

  • Jenn

    God bless this nurse!!!

  • suz

    just unbelievable how this could be happening!

  • Sunny Lovetts

    Glenn Beck is a globalist shill.

  • Mr. Boo

    Governor Deval Patrick’s WIFE is on the board and overseer of Boston Children’s Hospital.

  • Graffiti Forensics

    Glenn Beck used his popularity to give a platform to the parents to plead to the public for help. Deval Patrick used his power to accomplish nothing for the parents. He is complicit, if nothing else.

  • Defend Liberty Philly Dude

    While some Western success has been due to capital, the liberty that unleashes its citizens’ ingenuity and courage has been more important.

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