BOSTON — Massachusetts child welfare officials have asked a judge to return a teenage girl from Connecticut at the center of a custody dispute based on conflicting medical diagnoses to her parents.
The Boston Globe reports that the Department of Children and Families last week said 15-year-old Justina Pelletier’s parents have met the conditions asked of them. Attorneys for the Pelletiers, of West Hartford, Connecticut, were notified Monday.
Judge Joseph Johnston had given Massachusetts permanent custody of Justina in March, after a public battle involving dueling diagnoses from doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital and Tufts Medical Center, and allegations of medical child abuse against her parents.
Conditions included following up on a Tufts care plan for Justina and participation in family therapy.
It was not immediately clear when the judge would rule.