'It's Kidnapping': Hospital Takes Custody of Teen Because Her Parents Were 'Too Active in Pursuing' Her CareLiz Klimas
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A 15-year-old is stuck in a Boston hospital after the medical facility took custody of her when her parents argued against her diagnosis.
For the last nine months, Justina Pelletier has been sneaking messages to her parents in Connecticut through folded origami notes.
"It is kidnapping," Lou Pelletier, the girl's father, told WTIC-TV.
The local news station investigated the case, for which a judge later issued a gag order, and has the background leading up to the ongoing custody battle:
Justina was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease a few years ago. It's a genetic disorder that can cause loss of muscle coordination and weakness.The parents have been fighting the system ever since.
"They were actually being accused of being too active in pursuing health care matters for their child," West Hartford psychologist Dean Hokanson, who has worked with Justina for five years, told WTIC.