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Judge orders Connecticut teen returned to parents

June 17, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A judge has ordered a Connecticut teenager at the center of a custody dispute based on conflicting medical diagnoses be returned to her parents.

The family of Justina Pelletier of West Hartford had pushed Massachusetts to return their daughter, whose case hinged on dueling diagnoses of Justina’s condition

Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz said Tuesday that the decision was the result of the state’s collaboration with the Pelletier family to create a reunification plan.

Tufts Medical Center had treated Justina for mitochondrial disease, a disorder that affects cellular energy production. But Boston Children’s Hospital later diagnosed her problems as psychiatric.

When her parents rejected that diagnosis and tried to take her back to Tufts, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families took custody of Justina, prompting the dispute.

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