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Couple Loses Daughter to Foster Care Over Medical Dispute

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by Ken MacLeod, WBZ TV-4, CBS Boston

A Connecticut couple sobbed outside a Boston courtroom after a legal setback in their yearlong battle to regain custody of their daughter.

The state of Massachusetts took charge of Justina Pelletier as her parents and doctors at Children’s Hospital continue to clash over her diagnosis and treatment. The teen’s mom broke down in court. Paramedics wheeled Linda Pelletier from the courthouse Monday afternoon minutes after she collapsed upon hearing a judge order her embattled teenaged daughter into foster care.

“This child has been ripped away from this family,” Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition said.

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UPDATE:  The foster care agency — Shared Living Collaborative — has refused to accept Justina because of national publicity. The 15 year-old remains at Wayside Youth and Family Support Network.  Meanwhile, 12 members of the Massachusetts House are supporting a resolution to ask the Department of Children and Families to begin the process of releasing Justina to her parents.

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