Legislators Will Call for Investigation Into DCF After Parents Lose Custody of Justina Pelletier

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 1, 2014   |   4:12PM   |   Boston, MA

Massachusetts state representatives Jim Lyons (R-Andover) and Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) will discuss an impending investigation into DCF spending on the Justina Pelletier case at a Wednesday morning news conference.

Representatives Lyons and Lombardo have requested that the Chairman of the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight convene an investigation into the amount of taxpayer dollars that have been spent on the Justina Pelletier case since the state first intervened over fourteen months ago.

justinapelletier6The news conference will be on Wednesday, April 2, at 11:00 A.M. on the sidewalk in front of the steps to the State House on Beacon Street. They will be joined by other State Representatives and a spokesperson for the Pelletier family.

“Does DCF have a blank check in this case? It is time that we as legislators know how much money is being spent on the Pelletier matter.” Representative Marc Lombardo commented. “The administration has indicated that DCF lacks the resources necessary to carry out their duties. If this is true, why is DCF spending what appears to be endless amounts of money fighting to keep a loving family and their daughter apart? With over 130 children under DCF care currently missing, it might be time for DCF to reevaluate their priorities.”

Rev. Patrick Mahoney, spokesperson for the Pelletier family, adds, “Massachusetts DCF has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to carry out this personal attack on Justina Pelletier and her family. The question must be asked, why are they wasting all of these resources when the simple solution would be to return Justina into the loving arms of her family?  This would cost DCF and Massachusetts taxpayers nothing and begin the healing for Justina and her family.”