CBS Boston
March 26, 2014

The judge in a year-long custody battle over a Connecticut teen has awarded permanent custody to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

Credit: Brian Turner / Wiki
Credit: Brian Turner / Wiki

Judge Joseph Johnston issued the ruling Tuesday afternoon, in response to a motion, presented by the 15-year-old’s court-appointed lawyer and the lawyers for her parents, Linda and Lou Pelletier of West Hartford, Conn., which called for the parents to be awarded “conditional custody” of their daughter Justina.

It’s now up to DCF to determine if or when Pelletier should be allowed to go home or whether she can be moved to a foster home closer to her family in Conn.

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