Lou Pelletier, the father of 15-year-old teenager Justina Pelletier is speaking out against a Tuesday ruling in which a judge gave permanent custody to Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.
"She needs to be home," Lou told FOX 25's Maria Stephanos. "She is mentally, and more importantly physically, dying under the care of the state of Massachusetts."
On May 25, the judge will then revisit the issue of who is granted custody of Justina in another follow-up court hearing.
Staver said the Pelletier family will now pursue an appeal to send the case to a higher court.
"This is not justice for Justina, or the family," Staver said.
The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families released a statement on the judge's ruling on Tuesday evening.
"DCF's primary goal has always been the health and wellbeing of Justina, and finding a solution that would allow her to return to Connecticut. That has not changed in the face of this ruling," the statement read. "The Department is exploring all options that will allow Justina to return to her home state where she has the support of her friends, family, school and community."
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