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    CROSSVILLE (WATE) - A Cumberland County father didn't want to wait in a long line of traffic to pick his kids up from school. That led to a series of encounters last week at South Cumberland Elementary, and now the dad's facing charges.

    You can see the full video on YouTube.


    A 6 News viewer pointed us to YouTube video of one of the incidents.

    "I'm going to call some help down here and we're going to take you up to the jail right now. I'm not putting up with this today. You're being childish and it's uncalled for," Sheriff Deputy and School Resource Officer Avery Aytes said in the YouTube video.


    The video goes on to show the dad arguing with the school security officer over state law, then the dad winds up in handcuffs.

    "I'm not raising my voice, I'm not confrontational, I want my kids," Jim Howe said in the YouTube video.

    The video was taken by Amanda Long Thursday afternoon as she and her fiance, Jim Howe, were trying to pick up Howe's two children from school. It shows Howe arguing with Deputy Aytes.

    Howe says, because of a new policy that started last week, the only way parents can get their children after 2 p.m. is to wait in a line of cars until everyone is released at 2:35. He says not only is this time consuming, it's illegal.

    "You don't need a reason as a parent to go get your children. They are our children," Howe said.

    As the video shows, Howe was arrested by Aytes for disorderly conduct. Deputy Aytes tells 6 News he's unable to comment because this is an open case. Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess says he hasn't seen the video and doesn't need to, because it won't tell the whole story. He says Aytes was just doing his job.

    "The resource officers are there to enforce the law," Burgess said.

    The sheriff says he agrees with Howe on principle. Both men say the new policy is creating safety concerns, mainly because there is line of cars that along the highway outside of the school. Burgess says parents should take any policy concerns to those in charge of the policy, not the school resource officer.

    "On the other hand, the school system needs to realize you can't make a black and white law," Burgess said.


    "If not for policy, we would have chaos, and we don't need chaos at the schools, but we also don't need an over zealous deputy setting an example in front of kids," Howe said.

    We were unable to get in contact with school officials for comment on the issue. The sheriff says he's reviewing the system and will make recommendations this week as to what changes should be made to ensure student safety.
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    ‘It’s Kidnapping’: Hospital Takes Custody of Teen Because Her Parents Were ‘Too Active in Pursuing’ Her Care


    A 15-year-old is stuck in a Boston hospital after the medical facility took custody of her when her parents argued against her diagnosis.


    For the last nine months, Justina Pelletier has been sneaking messages to her parents in Connecticut through folded origami notes.

    “It is kidnapping,” Lou Pelletier, the girl’s father, told WTIC-TV.

    The local news station investigated the case, for which a judge later issued a gag order, and has the background leading up to the ongoing custody battle:


    Justina was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease a few years ago. It’s a genetic disorder that can cause loss of muscle coordination and weakness.

    Despite that diagnosis she lived a normal life.

    But last February, she also got the flu and was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital to see her specialist.

    Almost immediately, a different team of doctors delivered a different diagnosis, questioning the original diagnosis of mitochondrial disease.

    “They came in, and they said we cannot take Justina out of the hospital. They called DCF,” says Linda Pelletier, Justina’s mother.

    They said Justina had “somatoform disorder.”

    In short, they were saying she suffered from a mental illness, not mitochondrial disease.

    Her parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier, were escorted out of the hospital by security, and within four days, they lost custody of Justina.

    The parents have been fighting the system ever since.

    “They were actually being accused of being too active in pursuing health care matters for their child,” West Hartford psychologist Dean Hokanson, who has worked with Justina for five years, told WTIC.


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    A report by a Boston Children’s Hospital doctor viewed by the local news station cited Justina’s “regressive behavior” and “both parents’ resistance towards recommended treatment plans” as leading to a child protection team getting involved.

    The family had argued that the procedures and medications given to their daughter were under the recommendation and guidance of other physicians. One of them was Tufts Medical Center specialist Dr. Mark Korson. WTIC couldn’t speak with Korson, but the Pelletiers provided the local news station with an email sent from the doctor to their attorney.

    “I am dismayed. … It feels like Justina’s treatment team is out to prove the diagnosis at all costs. … The (Boston Children’s Hospital) team has demanded that Justina be removed from the home. … This represents the most severe and intrusive intervention a patient can undergo … for a clinical hunch,” Korson wrote in the email.


    It isn’t the first case this year where a child has been taken from parents after a hospital visit. Police showed up at a California couple’s home and “snatched” their baby after they took their son to another hospital for a second opinion.

    The Pelletiers are allowed to visit Justina in person for one hour and make two phone calls each week. The girl still manages to sneak her parents notes.

    “I know you trust in me. Don’t forget it. I love you more than everything in the whole world. Justina,” Linda Pelletier read from one of her daughter’s notes.

    “It’s beyond any wildest nightmare that you could think of,” Lou Pelletier told the local news station of the situation.





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    What We Found in a Boston Children’s Hospital Policy Manual About Research on ‘Wards of the State’

    “Children who are Wards of the state may be included in research that presents minimal risk…or greater than minimal risk with a prospect of direct benefit.”

    That’s a line from Boston Children’s Hospital’s “Clinical Investigations Policy and Procedure Manual. It’s the same facility that took over the care of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier against her parents’ wishes last year and they continue to wonder why. http://www.childrenshospital.org/~/m...the_State.ashx

    The parents of the teen from West Hartford, Conn., at the center of a custody, patient’s rights and medical diagnosis battle have questioned the motives as to why Boston Children’s Hospital countered the medical diagnosis and recommended treatment set by a Tufts Medical Center physician years earlier.

    Justina was taken as a ward of the state by the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families on Feb. 14, 2013, and remains in the child services department’s custody still.

    The hospital’s clinical investigations policy continues (emphasis added):

    Children who are Wards of the state may be included in research that presents greater than minimal risk with no prospect of direct benefit (46.406 (50.53) or 46.407 ( 50.54) only if the [institutional review board] determines and documents that such research is

    Related to their status as wards; or

    Conducted in schools, camps, hospital, institutions, or similar settings in which the majority of children involved as participants are not wards.



    In such cases, the patient is represented by at least one advocate, appointed by the institutional review board, who will act on their behalf and in the patient’s best interest.

    Any time research would involve a ward of the state, the document says a proposal must be presented in detail to the institutional review board and be approved by DCF’s Research Proposal Review Committee.

    Boston Children’s Hospital declined to comment about the case and about the policy to TheBlaze.

    Dr. Richard Boles, a pediatrician in the Los Angeles area and the medical director of Courtagen Life Sciences, a biotechnology and DNA sequencing company specializing in metabolic disorders, told TheBlaze it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for Boston Children’s Hospital to conduct medical research.

    “They’re a research facility,” he said.

    Boles told TheBlaze that any research involves ethics committees and is “up front.” He said the system is so procedural now that if he wanted to survey his own patients for something as simple asking where they bought their vitamins, so he could advise his other patients accordingly, he would have to go through a whole protocol and a wealth of paperwork.

    BCH’s clinical investigation policy echoes language in regulations set by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. According to HHS, for children to be involved in research, parental or guardian permission must be given. A “guardian,” is defined as the “individual who is authorized under applicable State or local law to consent on behalf of a child to general medical care,” which, in the case of Justina Pelletier, would be DCF. http://answers.hhs.gov/ohrp/questions/7209

    Other institutions, like Johns Hopkins Medicine and Duke University Health System to name a couple, have similar guidelines for research involving children, including those who are under care of the state.

    But an article published in the journal Pediatrics in 2008 argued that the protections for wards of the state in research might not go far enough.

    “Current federal regulations mandate additional safeguards, beyond those that apply to all pediatric research, for some research with wards of the state. Although these additional requirements are attentive to the concerns research with wards of the state raises, we argue that they do not go far enough,” the authors wrote.

    “Society is obligated to ensure the harms wards of the state have already experienced due to parental mistreatment or abandonment are not compounded by further harm from inappropriate clinical research enrollment,” they continued. “This means wards of the state must be appropriately protected from risk and from being unfairly selected to bear burdens in clinical research. To these ends, additional safeguards and modifications to existing guidelines are needed.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2201985/

    On its website, BCH describes itself as “home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric hospital” with “$225 million in annual funding, including more federal funding than any other pediatric facility.” http://www.childrenshospital.org/about-us

    It is unknown if Justina Pelletier is involved in a research program. The teen was diagnosed in 2011 with mitochondrial disease, a disease where the mitochondria (the energy-producing organelle in cells) does not function properly leading to a variety of symptoms including pain, fatigue and gastrointestinal issues. While being treated for this disease, her parents, Linda and Lou, said she was doing well.

    In February 2013, she came down with the flu, which for mitochondrial patients can be more severe, her older sister Jessica told TheBlaze, and was recommended by a Connecticut hospital to be transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital where she was supposed to see a gastrointestinal specialist. Instead, Lou Pelletier told TheBlaze Monday she was seen by a neurologist as she came through the hospital’s emergency room who said she didn’t have mitochondrial disease but somatoform disorder, a psychological disorder that said the symptoms she experienced originated in her head.

    Boston doctors wanted to take a different approach with Justina’s treatment, something which Lou said they were initially on board with until they found out it meant taking her off her treatments for mitochondrial disease.

    When they arrived at Boston Children’s on Feb. 14, 2013, to discharge Justina and take her to Tufts instead, they were accused of over-medicalizing their child, a form of abuse, and DCF took custody. Since then the Pelletiers have been in and out of court fighting to get Justina back and treated for mitochondrial disease. Without treatment for this disease for more than a year, Lou said his daughter is failing.

    “If she’s not in the proper facility, she will die,” Lou told TheBlaze earlier this week.

    “I am trying to save my daughter’s life,” he said, breaking a court-imposed gag order, something which DCF filed that he be held in contempt of court for doing. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014...s-will-source/



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    They push and they push and they push... And if the dad reaches his limit and takes a gun and tries to rescue his daughter by force, he'd either die trying or be imprisoned for a very long time. And Dr. Mengele, er, I mean Boston Children's Hospital and the bureaucrats in their pocket will sit back and say, "See! It's a good thing we got her away from him!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasVic View Post
    They push and they push and they push... And if the dad reaches his limit and takes a gun and tries to rescue his daughter by force, he'd either die trying or be imprisoned for a very long time. And Dr. Mengele, er, I mean Boston Children's Hospital and the bureaucrats in their pocket will sit back and say, "See! It's a good thing we got her away from him!"
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    Feb. 24, 2014 1:51pm

    The Suffolk County judge presiding over the case of Justina Pelletier in Boston ruled Monday to put the 15-year-old in foster care, a local news source said.

    WTIC-TV’s reporter Beau Berman tweeted the news attributing it to “Reverend.”

    Justina being transferred to foster care with no medical treatment - Reverend
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    The teenager from West Hartford, Conn., became the subject of the custody battle between her parents — Lou and Linda Pelletier — and the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families after they disagreed with physicians at Boston Children’s Hospital over a medical diagnosis that was issued by a doctor at Tufts Medical Center.

    For the last year, the Pelletiers have been in and out of court while their daughter remained in a psychiatric ward at BCH, until a few weeks ago when she was moved to another facility.

    Mat Starver, founder and chairman with Liberty Counsel, which is advising the Pelletiers, told TheBlaze Monday afternoon that while he wasn’t allowed in the court room, he was informed by the family’s local lawyer and others that the judge ruled Justina be moved into foster care at a non-medical facility.

    Starver explained that he wasn’t allowed in the court room while this decision was made because he had to motion to be allowed in as an attorney for the family. The judge didn’t immediately grant this motion, Starver said, and is allowing DCF 48 hours to contest it.

    The Pelletier family’s reaction to the ruling was emotional. Lou Pelletier was seen yelling and at one point sitting on a bench crying, while Linda Pelletier fainted and was on her way to the hospital for evaluation, Starver said.

    Berman with WTIC tweeted more on the immediate reaction of the family.

    Lou Pelletier just emerged from the courtroom screaming. He seemed angry. Linda is hugging family friend. #justinapelletier
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    Lou Pelletier has his hand over his face. Being consoled by daughter Jessica. #justinapelletier
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    Linda Pelletier is lying on the ground on her back crying and yelling - unclear whether she passed out or fell otherwise #justinapelletier
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    [I]Paramedics attending to Linda Pelletier who is on the ground in the courthouse. No word yet on what happened in hearing. #justinapelletier
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    Beau Berman WTIC TVA stretcher is being wheeled in - Linda being loaded on - #justinapelletier
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    Rhondella Richardson with WCVB-TV tweeted that Lou Pelletier was “crying” on a court bench while the family paced the halls directly after the ruling, not yet allowing an interview.

    After the decision, Lou Pelletier told a producer at TheBlaze that the system was corrupt and the country could go to hell.


    Ahead of the hearing, protesters organized in support of the Pelletier family holding signs that read “you can’t gag America” — alluding to the gag order imposed on Lou Pelletier, which DCF filed a motion last week asking that he be held in contempt of court for breaking — and “free Justina.”

    Rev. Patrick Mahoney, director of the D.C.-based Christian Defense Coalition, also was outside Suffolk County Juvenile Court where the hearing took place.

    “The Justina Pellitier case represents a troubling and disturbing trend of government officials usurping the rights of parents and disregarding their unique and special role in raising their children,” Rev. Mahoney, who organized events to support Terri Schiavo in Florida up until 2005, said in a statement ahead of the decision. “We call upon the State of Massachusetts to immediately return Justina into the loving arms of her parents so the healing process can move forward. We also call upon the faith community and people of good will across the nation to work tirelessly and passionately until this family is reunited.”

    Starver told TheBlaze that while the “whole day was shocking,” the judge set dates for two new hearings. The first will take place March 17 to address the care and custody of Justina Pelletier further, while one on March 24 will hear the case on Lou Pelletier’s alleged gag order violation. Starver plans to address whether the gag order was constitutional in the first place as well.

    Though Justina will be in a non-medical facility for the time being, Starver said she will be getting some medical treatment, though he did not specify what it would entail.

    Even with this latest decision, Starver said the family has hope.

    “The hope is that soon custody and care will be put back with parents,” he said. “Yes, there’s still hope. They’re just kind of at their wits end.”
    This is a developing story.

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    Major Updates in Justina Pelletier Case: Lawmakers Get Involved, Teen Will Not Be Transferred to Foster Care


    Massachusetts lawmakers are getting involved in the Justina Pelletier case and have begun circulating a resolution asking the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to initiate the process of releasing the teenager to her parents.

    State Reps. Marc Lombard and Jim Lyons, both Republicans, announced on Wednesday that 12 representatives have already signed on to support the resolution.

    “The self-stated goal of the Department of Children and Families is to strengthen the link between families. Removing a child from her family is reserved for only the most egregious circumstances where evidence of malicious intent, negligence or the blatant inability to care for the child is present. No such findings are present in this case,” Lombardo said in a press release.

    Lyons argued the Pelletier case is a “dispute between conflicting medical opinions” and treatment decisions should be left to parents, not DCF.

    “The Department’s heavy-handed, unjustified interference with the rights of these parents is an example of what is wrong with this agency,” he added.

    The resolution will be brought up at the next meeting of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, MyFoxBoston.com reports.

    It was also revealed on Wednesday that Justina Pelletier will not be transferred to foster care against her parents wishes after the Shared Living Collaborative declined to accept the girl due to the national attention surrounding the case, according the Boston Globe, which cites unnamed sources.

    At a custody hearing earlier this week, a judge decided Justina should be transferred to a foster care facility.

    Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, also confirmed that the 15-year-old will stay put at the Wayside Youth and Family Support Network in Framingham, Mass. Mahoney has reportedly been in contact with the Pelletier family regarding the case but said he couldn’t elaborate on the decision due to a gag order.

    The Pelletier family has been fighting to regain custody of Justina since February 2013 when she was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital, a visit that sparked the current custody dispute.

    The next custody hearing in the case is scheduled for March
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    Judge Rules Justina Pelletier to Remain in State’s Custody

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    A Massachusetts judge ruled Tuesday that the Connecticut teen in the middle of a contentious custody battle between her parents and the state will remain in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. 

    The Boston Globe reported that Suffolk County juvenile court Judge Joseph Johnson granted “permanent” custody to the state DCF. This decision was in response to a motion filed by Lou and Linda Pelletier, Justina’s parents, and her court-appointed lawyer for a “conditional custody” plan. Up until this point, DCF only had temporary custody of Justina, which it had maintained for more than a year.


    Justina Pelletier with her parents, Linda and Lou. Justina has been in the custody of the state of Massachusetts since last year. (Image source: Facebook)

    Mat Staver, attorney and founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, told TheBlaze that as he understands the order, filed Tuesday afternoon, the Department of Children and Families will retain custody of Justina for now.

    “This is just completely unacceptable. The family asked us to pursue any other opportunities and appeals,” Staver said. “The family is beyond fed-up.”

    In response to the Boston Globe’s report that the state will retain “permanent” custody, Staver said, “there’s no way they could have done that.”

    “I’ll have to look into that more, but I can’t imagine this is the case in this situation,” he said.

    Staver’s own motion to be formally admitted onto the case as an attorney for Lou and Linda Pelletier was denied by the judge.

    The family’s spokesman Rev. Patrick Mahoney also told TheBlaze Tuesday night that, in his understanding, the ruling is not meant to imply that Justina will never be returned to her parents.

    “It’s not a lie, but it’s not 100 percent accurate,” Mahoney told TheBlaze. “In putting the word ['permanent'] out without explaining it, it appears to the casual reader that somehow the Pelletiers have completely lost of Justina until she’s 18 years old and that’s not the case.”

    Mahoney said in a statement that the Pelletiers”are crushed and heartbroken to see their daughter violated like this. They are rightfully worried for her safety.”

    DCF in a statement maintained that its “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 continued. “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.”

    The agency also clarified that the authority remains with the court to rule on custody matters. Staver said the Pelletiers will be allowed to file another motion with the court to try and obtain custody again through the legal system on May 25.

    Lou and Linda Pelletier have been fighting to regain custody of their daughter after allegations of medical child abuse arose 14 months ago.

    Justina was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease several years ago at Tufts Medical Center and put on a treatment plan to alleviate some of her symptoms. When her parents took her to Boston Children’s Hospital last year for complications with the flu, doctors there said she had somatoform disorder, a psychiatric disorder, instead.

    After the Pelletiers disagreed with Boston Children’s treatment plan and tried to take her back to Tufts, they were accused of medical child abuse. DCF took custody of the teen on Feb. 13, 2013.

    Court decisions in the Pelletier case were delayed several times in the last year, with the most movement coming in the first three months of 2014.


    Lou Pelletier, Justina’s father, spoke briefly before last week’s hearing that ended in the judge putting off his decision. (Image source: Liz Klimas/TheBlaze)

    Keith Mason, president of Personhood USA, which is a part of the Free Justina coalition, said with each delay it seems like Justina is “being treated worse than a piece of property.”

    The family also contends that Justina has not been seen by any physicians at Tufts Medical Center, which is now leading her medical team that includes physicians from other hospitals as well, after Johnson put Tufts in charge of her medical care earlier this month.

    The Pelletiers say their daughter’s health is deteriorating. Two weeks ago at the one in-person visit they’re allowed per week with her, they said they noticed marks on her stomach that were worrying enough that they called them to the attention of Justina’s caretakers, who took her to the emergency room the next day.

    Jennifer Pelletier, Justina’s sister, said in the most recent visit, Justina’s legs were more swollen and she lost feeling in her feet.


    On Monday, the Pelletiers and their lawyers filed a contempt of court motion against DCF.

    “A child’s health and welfare are hanging in the balance. We cannot continue to withhold treatment from this young girl,” Staver said. 

    “DCF has abused its authority. DCF had no right to come between Justina and medical care,” Staver continued, noting that DCF said it would not bring Justina to Tufts until after Tuesday’s decision.

    DCF said in a statement that an agreement was reached with Justina’s parents regarding her appointments at Tufts and it is “pleased” that “Justina’s care can move forward.”


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    that Pelltier case just baffles me. you see children returned to neglectful homes over and over because the policies require children to be placed in the lease restrictive environment, and the outcomes are sometimes tragic


    children so often get treated like they are the property of the parents and not human beings with their own rights, and because of this, children either remain in foster homes for far too long awaiting parental right termination or never get placed in the foster homes until they are so damaged by the parenting of the biological parents that they are unadoptable.

    and these parents get a child removed because they were "too involved" in their childs care

    it just baffles me. but the girl is not in foster care, but also not in the care of her parents who are only allowed to visit her once a week...so who is she in the custody of?

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    This is like being picked on in school and bringing in Mike Tyson to fight the bully


    Prominent Attorney Alan Dershowitz Says He’d ‘Like to Help Out’ Parents of Justina Pelletier in Custody Battle



    Prominent attorney Alan Dershowitz is offering to help the parents of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier reclaim custody of their daughter.

    “I’d like to help out…” the Harvard Law professor and media figure said during an appearance on “Huckabee” Saturday night, noting he’s a member of the Massachusetts bar and could offer his legal expertise.

    “When you hear about a case like this you scratch your head and you say ‘something else must be going on,’” he noted.

    Pelletier was removed from her parents’ custody in February 2013 following accusations of medical child abuse. Lou and Linda Pelletier  had been treating Justina for mitochondrial disease, but when they brought her to Boston Children’s Hospital with the flu, doctors there said she had somatoform disorder, a psychiatric disorder, instead. The commonwealth stepped in when the hospital raised concerns after the Pelletiers disagreed with the new treatment plan, which would shift to treatment for somatoform.


    Lou and Linda Pelletier have been fighting to regain custody ever since, appearing in court many times and arguing that they had been treating their daughter for mitochondrial disease at the direction of a doctor.

    Dershowitz cautioned that he’s not certain where Justina would get the best care or who is “right,” but added that “under our legal system when there’s a conflict between medical opinion, the parents get to resolve that for a 15-year-old, not the state.”

    “The gag order is clearly unconstitutional,” he also insisted. “You can’t stop parents form bringing a petition about their grievances” to anyone.

    Dershowitz added that if what the parents are saying is true, then the Pelletier case is a “horrible abuse of human rights, of civil liberties.”



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    BOSTON (TheBlaze/AP) — The embattled head of Massachusett’s child welfare agency resigned Tuesday under mounting pressure following the deaths of three children, with Gov. Deval Patrick saying it was impossible for her to continue in her job.

    Olga Roche’s resignation comes after calls from top Democratic lawmakers — including Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray — for Roche to be replaced as commissioner of the Department of Children and Families.

    The state’s DCF is also involved in the contentious custody battle involving Connecticut teenager Justina Pelletier, who for more than a year has been in state care after her parents disagreed with a diagnosis made at Boston Children’s Hospital that contradicted another diagnosis and were then met with allegations of medical child abuse. The Pelletiers continue to petition for the department to return custody. It was recently announced that a reunification plan was in the works to at least send Justina back to her home state

    “I have accepted her resignation because I believe it is not possible for the agency to move forward in this environment with her at the helm,” said John Polanowicz, secretary of the state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services, which oversees the DCF.

    The agency named Erin Deveney as its interim commissioner. She has been working there for about 30 days following a stint at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

    “Olga Roche presided over the horrific mistreatment of Justina Pelletier and the tragic deaths of children in DCF custody,” the Pelletier’s spokesman Rev. Patrick Mahoney said. “We hope Erin Deveney will correct the systemic injustice of the previous administration by taking immediate steps to free Justina into the loving arms of her family and accepting the reunification proposal.”

    Authorities say the family of a 2-week old Fitchburg baby who died over the weekend was being monitored by state child welfare officials. In the second case, a DCF spokeswoman says a fax from Grafton police about possible harm to a 4-week-old who later died was misplaced for six days.

    The body of a third child, 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver of Fitchburg, was found off a highway in central Massachusetts this month. Jeremiah’s family was also under DCF supervision at the time of his disappearance.

    Patrick, who had earlier defended Roche, said Tuesday that Roche had offered to resign previously, but he had not accepted it. The governor said it was clear now that Roche had the expertise to do her job but no longer had the support of the public or her staff.

    “I don’t think the time is right, but it’s necessary,” he said. “She cannot garner the confidence of the public or her line staff.”

    Patrick said he was as upset as anyone about the deaths.

    “I don’t have confidence at this point in the agency and I’m very worried about the agency,” Patrick said Monday. “My confidence in the whole organization has been rattled.”

    Patrick said his top concern is ensuring the welfare of children under DCF care.

    Authorities say the family of a Fitchburg baby who died over the weekend was being monitored by state child welfare officials. They say 2-week old Bailey Irish was brought to the hospital on Saturday morning by her parents. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

    In an unrelated case, a DCF spokeswoman says a fax from Grafton police about possible harm to another infant who later died, 4-week-old Aliana Lavigne, was misplaced for six days.

    The agency said it’s unacceptable that the fax went undiscovered. The department is trying to determine the best method of communicating reports electronically including linking faxes up to email for more timely delivery.

    But the agency also said mandated reporters are required to verbally report allegations of abuse or neglect to DCF — something they said police failed to do.

    The Grafton police chief acknowledged police should have called DCF, but he also defended his officers, saying the agency is trying to deflect blame.

    In the third case, Jeremiah was last seen in September but wasn’t reported missing until December. Police said his death appeared to be a homicide. The boy’s mother and her boyfriend are facing charges in connection with his disappearance but not his death.





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