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The despicable treatment of this 15-year-old is unfathomable

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To The Daily Sun,

The blatant abuse of power by the state of Massachusetts in the Justina Pelletier case should make every parent shudder at the utter tyranny that has been on display in the Bay State. Let's face it, the state DCF agency kidnapped 15-year-old Justina from a wonderful intact family that has never had a whiff of a problem with the law.

Justina was being treated at Tufts Medical Center for mitochondrial disease when her physician, Mark Korson advised her parents to bring her to Boston Children's Hospital for treatment. The doctor who treated her there was newly out of medical school and diagnosed her condition as mental rather than physical. He wanted Justina's parents to sign his treatment plan and disregard the one from Dr. Korson.

When Justina's parents attempted to return her to Tufts, Boston Children's Hospital (BCH), a teaching and research hospital, called the Division of Children and Families (DCF) who immediately detained Justina at BCH and declared her a ward of the state. The Pelletiers had suddenly and inexplicably been assessed as neglectful and not competent enough to care for their own daughter. They were only allowed to see her for one hour a week with an armed guard standing by. There was a gag order issued by the court preventing the parents from discussing their case with the media. The rest of the family rarely got to see Justina. As a ward of the state, the hospital could now conduct research on her within certain guidelines.

After about a year of witnessing the deterioration of his daughter, who went from being a figure skater to wheel chair confined, Lou Pelletier broke his silence and spoke to Megyn Kelly and Michael Huckabee of Fox News. The Boston Globe and Glenn Beck's "The Blaze" website had been all over this disgraceful breach of power for some time.

Initially, DCF attempted to find Lou Pelletier in contempt of court, but backed off when Mat Staver and the Liberty Counsel sprang into action to help this beleaguered family. The contempt charges and the gag order were dropped, however Justina would not be returned to her family for several more months. While a ward of the state at BCH, she received little medical care, becoming increasingly weak and sickly. She was forbidden from having any education, putting her two years behind in her school work. Plus she was denied the use of her Individualized Education Plan (IEP), which she has for a learning disability.

The despicable treatment of this 15-year-old is unfathomable. How could this happen in the city where the fight for freedom from tyranny began? Incarcerated felons receive far more visits per week and far better medical treatment than Justina received, plus educational opportunities. Benjamin Franklin said, "words may show a man's wit, but actions his meaning."

Gov. Deval Patrick, beloved buddy of Barack Obama, showed his true meaning by his lack of action. There should be a full-scale investigation into the gross misbehavior of DCF and BCH and some heads should roll for the horror that they put the Pelletier family through.

Tacitus reminds us that "when the state is most corrupt, then laws are most multiplied." And of course Lord Acton gave us this cautionary note, "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." As we celebrate the return of Justina to her loving family, should we not heed their sage analysis and defend our freedoms with more diligence, lest the state dare to come after one of our children?

Russ Wiles