Parents of Justina Pelletier regain custody - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Parents of Justina Pelletier regain custody

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THOMPSON, Conn. (WHDH) - The parents of Justina Pelletier regained custody of their daughter Wednesday and the teen has returned home to Connecticut.

Members of the family spoke in a conference on the teen's release from state custody.

"I just want to thank everybody, and I'm just so grateful that today has finally come. It's going to be a long haul for Justina to get better," Linda Pelletier, Justina's mother, said.

Justina was receiving medical treatment at a hospital in Boston in February 2013 when the Department of Children and Families stepped in saying that she was not being properly cared for.

The family took DCF to court and Justina was eventually moved to a medical facility in her home state of Connecticut.

"This should have never happened. It should have never gone past day one. It should have never happened to my little sister. This should never happen to any child ever again in this situation," Pelletier's sister said in the news conference.

A judge signed the paperwork to release Justina Tuesday afternoon.

“She was screaming ecstatic ‘daddy, daddy I’m coming home,' and I was like ‘oh my God.’ I was speechless. I was happy, I screamed, I was just numb,” Justina's father Lou Pelletier said.


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