As Justina Pelletier’s parents continue to fight to bring their 15-year-old daughter home in Massachusetts, a Texas family is fighting Texas’ Adult Protective Services to regain custody of their 85-year-old relative. According to KDFW-TV, Adult Protective Services took 85-year-old Charlie Fink into emergency custody when it was thought the man was a danger to himself and others.
The state initially took custody when it thought Fink didn’t have any close family, but two nieces were recently identified. A previous report about Fink’s story in late February said he checked into the hospital for surgery and then wasn’t allowed to leave after.
KDFW added that Fink’s 82-year-old wife was taken into state custody earlier when it was deemed her husband couldn’t care for her anymore.
Fink’s case took a positive turn Monday after his attorney located two of his nieces, both of whom appeared in a court hearing this week. One of them, a nurse, said she would take care of him… Judge John Peyton wants the state to work with Fink’s family members, but Fink will remain in state custody until at least May 7.
“What is the problem? If this guy wants to go home, and he wants to live on his own, and you know, even if he dies on his own terms… The family now is saying, ‘We want him, release him,’” Glenn said on radio this morning. “[But] the state is not sure. What do you mean the state is not sure?”
Glenn explained that his family recently went through a similar situation with his father, who wanted to spend his final days in the comfort of his own home. While it ended up not being possible to honor his father’s wishes, Glenn believes it is not up to the state to get involved.
“My father wanted to die at home. He died in the hospital. Now, that was because, in the end, we thought it was cruel to move him because he was in so much pain… and he probably would die before he even got to the ambulance,” Glenn explained. “But… a man has a right to die where he wants. If he wants to live in a mess, he can live in a mess… I feel bad for his relatives. But he can be a hoarder if he wants. What right does the state have to tell us how to live?”
As Pat explained, however, this is just another iteration of progressivism.
“Well, [the state has] every right because we don't know how to… really take care of ourselves,” Pat concluded. “If left to our own devices, we could hurt ourselves and others. And so that's what the state does. They help protect us from ourselves and others… It's more progressive bull crap. That's what it is.”
Watch the KDFW report below: